It is important to move with the times, but robots are not taking over completely!
Iain McCulley, Senior Consultant, Controls & Automation specialist at Austin Fraser shares his view on the impact of Artificial Intelligence and advancement of technology in the workplace.
I have read a variety of articles on the advancement of automation and Artificial Intelligence and there is a wide variety of opinions, which is to be expected with anything that could have such a big impact on peoples day to day lives and careers.
In particular, there seems to be a lot of people concerned about the impact on jobs and humans losing out to robots in the workplace. In my opinion, this provides a perfect opportunity for us to review the opportunities we are offering to aspiring engineers. In particular, I believe there is a responsibility for our educational system to provide opportunities to develop a career within automation, while companies should also be thinking about apprenticeship schemes and how we can provide a platform for aspiring engineers to pursue a career within the industry.
We also have plenty of warning about how automation is developing and the direction we are heading, so for those in the industry already, there is plenty of time to upskill and consider all of the exciting jobs that will be created.
There is also a number of great examples of how humans and robots are working together already to advance efficiency and increase productivity, so rather than it being all doom and gloom, I personally think it is a great opportunity for us to embrace the development of automation and consider how we can play our part in the exciting growth of the industry.
As a business within manufacturing, I would also be considering how we could advance our knowledge of automation and ensure we have the right personnel in place to move with the times.
We have a Leaders in Tech: Reading event taking place on 3rd May for anyone wanting to dig a little deeper into the workings of AI and it’s capabilities to improve efficiency and generate return. It’s free to register, book your place here.