An automated truck driver is not the only one to be worried by the arrival of robotic workers in the workforce.
The advent of robots could bring about a mass exodus of jobs from humans.
Alexandra Pelosi, a professor of political science at Harvard University, believes robots will soon replace millions of jobs, and that they will be more efficient and more human-like than humans.
She said the human race has always been the least capable of carrying out tasks that require a lot of cognitive, mental and physical effort.
“Human beings have a lot in common with robots, and we’re going to end up with a lot more of them,” she said.
“There will be a great need for people to be able to do those jobs that are very challenging.
It’s the same reason why the internet has been such a huge growth engine for the last two decades.
We’ve created the tools that allow people to engage in this very complex and complex task, and people are willing to pay a lot for that kind of capability.
This is a very different challenge to what we’re facing now, which is to create jobs that people want to do, to create people who can do that.”
While she sees some robots taking jobs from people, Pelosi is worried about how they will replace other forms of work.
In her view, many people are being pushed to do repetitive tasks by robots that don’t understand them and aren’t motivated by their own interests.
“This is the reason why I think it’s going to be a challenge to find the right balance of the two worlds, to make sure that people have something to do that’s not really a job, and not a job they don’t want to work,” she told New Scientist.
Pelosi, who is a member of the Oxford University Centre for the Future of Work and Education, believes the automation of work is inevitable, and the transition to the robot-free world is inevitable.
“The human race is the last one that will ever have to change its ways,” she explained.
According to Pelosi and others, robots will make up a small proportion of the jobs that humans are expected to do in the future, but will also help in the search for jobs for the poor.
People will be able find new jobs that have a human component, she said, while the rest of the world will continue to be forced to cope with a “lack of demand”.
“We’ve all heard the rhetoric that robots are going to take all of the job from humans, but the reality is that we’re already the most intelligent people on the planet,” she added.
“I think that it will be quite a while before there’s any meaningful change, because the demand for human labour will always be there.
But there will be jobs for those who are capable of performing them.”
She said the future will be dominated by robots and AI, and will be defined by their use to replace humans.
“There is a big change happening in our society, and it’s a question of who is going to do it better, who’s going the better part of the human journey,” she suggested.
“It’s going be the people that are doing the human labour, that are not being replaced by machines, that will be doing the most of the work.”
This article originally appeared on New Scientist