Writing Task 2 – Work and Robots – Answer – wb180716

Nowadays, more and more work could be completed by the machine or robots with artificial intelligence.

Do the positive effects of this trend outweigh the negative effects?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant  examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Many people believe that machines will eventually take over from the human workforce, that robots with AI will be able to do all the work that a person can do and think that this will have a negative outcome on the population.

It is well known that machines have replaced people in a wide range of industries, particularly car manufacturing. As far as I’m aware this has been the case for over 50 years. At the time it was considered negative because of all the people that would then be made redundant because of this. However, over time the car companies, such as Ford, Mercedes, BMW and General Motors, have all expanded their operations and employed many more people than they initially lost. This in my view is a positive outcome from a negative beginning.

With regards to robotic AIs, this is still a thing of fantasy and Science Fiction. Currently, as of this year, 2016, the most advanced AI is only able to play chess and go. This will obviously improve in the future, but I don’t think is a concern for the next 3 or 4 generations. “Dumb” robots and robotics have already been introduced into certain healthcare systems in order to help nurses move heavy patients. Exoskeletons are not there to replace the nurses and are simply used as a tool in order to assist the existing staff.

In my opinion, we have seen the development of machines in some form since humanity began inventing them, beginning with the wheel. We are a forward-looking species and highly adaptable. We should not be afraid of our own ingenuity and although there may be bumps in the road on the way I believe, any advancements made will be to the benefit of the human race.

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