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Man Vs Machine In The Work Force

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Autor:  anton  30 April 2011
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Man vs. Machine

What if you were to go to work one day and find out that your boss had fired EVERYONE? Better yet, what if you then went home that same day and found everyone sitting in the living room with the same news of being let go?

As technology expands more into our work place, it may have a great effect as to whether we have a job or employment in the future. Robot nation, by Robert Bain states that, “people are generally said to be lazy and always looking for the easy way to do things”. Technology has answered this aforementioned quest by making machines that are able to do our work for us. Examples of this are automatic mail sorters, McDonald’s hamburger patty flippers, self service line at grocery stores and even web sites like www.turnitin.com. Could this type of technology lead to our ultimate economic and social ending? How far should we take this technological help? Since we have robots/machines helping us with our jobs now, why don’t we just design machines to do our entire job for us?

Soon we will be faced with a moral and ethical dilemma concerning the use of artificial intelligence in our work place as technology reaches greater heights. I believe we need to limit the technology that we allow into our working and private lives as it will at some point go from a positive to a negative for us as a whole. I will give you a few examples of why we need to limit the technology we allow into our workforce. These examples include future effects on our economics, the negative aspects of a full robotic workforce also known as “human replacements”, the ethical/morality of the issue and a few thoughts from the people who defend and are for the replacement of humans for machines in our work force.

How will technology impact our economic situation? If we keep the technological pace that we are currently on in our workplace, our economy will falter to extreme levels never seen before. People are what move our economy by the exchange of currency. When machine replaces the need for our jobs that means we don’t have a job, if we are all unemployed then how will we obtain money? If we don t have an income or our income is severely cut then our economy will soon falter with the lack of trading.

Problems could possibly arise from a full robotic work force. A few years ago in California we had certain times in the day during the summer where we had to conserve energy by cutting power during the day. This would mean a complete work stoppage since power runs everything in machines. No work means no money for the money hungry corporate owners

Ethical and moral issues will soon come into play as we move machine based work forces. Let say for the sake of argument that we are all replaced and unemployed. How will we and our family’s survive? We will no longer be able to pay for the 3 basic necessities for human life: food, clothing and shelter. It’s my opinion that the negative effects could be severe. Without the essentials to sustain life one would need to turn to drastic measures such as murder, theft, etc. in order to survive.

Is it ridiculous to think that people would try to overthrow the government by taking over facilities to show their displeasure? It is possible if the government or leaders of our cities didn’t step in to solve this problem. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so people would turn to looting and vandalism of these job sites filled with the human replaced machinery in order to show their unhappiness or to get back at their former employers for taking their jobs and way of life away. This vandalism would also be used to get the essential products that they need and are not able to afford. What father wouldn’t break the law to help feed their starving family?

Speaking ethically and morally on the subject, I think it would be ideal to have a good balance of man and machinery co-existing in the work place. This subject seems to be centered on greed instead of helping people. From the education resources information center www.eric.ed.gov “employers and corporations are more interested in maximizing their profit instead of merely providing a successful product”. What if in the future machines develop the ability to reason, or have self awareness and even possible feelings? What then makes a robot a robot and a human a human? We need to treat these machines as human helpers instead of human replacements as is the way technology is heading.

There are many defenders for a technology ruled society. Robert Bain from the web blog robotic nation says defenders use a common logical fallacies of begging the question, believe that as technology increases, it will create new jobs. This may be true in the fact that we will need more POLICE! Some defenders use the hypostatization common logical fallacies by saying that robots will replace mostly replace mostly repetitive, dangerous and time consuming jobs that we as lazy people don’t want to do anyways. My response to this is that it is absolutely false because as our jobless rate indicates that there are many poor people that would give anything for the chance to do these remedial, boring and dangerous jobs. If the difference between life and death was to work a boring and repetitive job, we would gladly take the job over starvation. Defenders for over technologifying our work force say it would give us more time to spend with family, studies and relaxation time. This point seems invalid to me since it would be extremely hard to relax when you’re sitting on the curb while you’re hungry family keeps asking you to buy them some food because they have an empty stomach.

I have discussed with you why we need to limit the technology that we allow into our work force. This included future effects on economics, the negatives of a full robotic workforce, the ethics and morality involved with this issue and last but not least the refutation from other for the technology takeover/disaster. Ken fisher (www.arstechnica.com) says “some technology just seems a bit pointless”. Agree with this simple statement and urge all of you reading that something needs to be done in order to preserve our way of life. Next time you go to the grocery store you should wait in the human cashier line and skip that animated machine because your way of life may depend on it!



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