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Poll: Will robots replace these job roles in the future?
Repetitive manual jobs (e.g factory production) (287)
42.21%
Creative manual jobs (e.g gardening) (61)
8.97%
Jobs with pattern recognition (e.g driving) (200)
29.41%
Knowledge-intensive jobs (e.g. lawyers) (30)
4.41%
All of the above (73)
10.74%
None - no job can be fully automated (29)
4.26%
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Speaking of that poll, I wonder how a fully automated court room would play out? Would sentencing change when you remove human bias? Would we have to attach lie detector equipment to every witness to pick up on non verbal cues in the abscence of a judge?

Probably wouldn't happen in my life time, but would be awesome to see the justice system become more fair in an objective sense!
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Speaking of that poll, I wonder how a fully automated court room would play out? Would sentencing change when you remove human bias? Would we have to attach lie detector equipment to every witness to pick up on non verbal cues in the abscence of a judge?

Probably wouldn't happen in my life time, but would be awesome to see the justice system become more fair in an objective sense!
I agree, there is research showing that sentencing procedures, as well as hiring or promotion decisions, are affected by unconscious bias.

But can we eliminate bias from algorithms? There is an interesting book on algorithmic oppression by Noble that shows exactly how humans inscribe bias in technologies
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We are at the early development stage of artificial intelligence, or you can say we are entering in 'the fourth industrial revolution' - cyber-physical systems. Most robots we have seen so far are programmed to follow instructions and complete tasks, and scientists have also been developing programmes, such as AlphaGo, to learn, to think, to reflect by themselves - how can we human compete with those self-taught machines/robots?
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'I will come back and do better next time' - said the garbage truck
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'I will come back and do better next time' - said the garbage truck
See clips like that are the main reason I think automated cars are still a fantasy, they don't have the same ability to interpret cockups, you'd never want a machine like that near the public.

On the other hand, if there was ever a role that needed automated its bin lorries, one of the most needlessly dangerous jobs there is and terribly paid :/
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'I will come back and do better next time' - said the garbage truck
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See clips like that are the main reason I think automated cars are still a fantasy, they don't have the same ability to interpret cockups, you'd never want a machine like that near the public.

On the other hand, if there was ever a role that needed automated its bin lorries, one of the most needlessly dangerous jobs there is and terribly paid :/
To be pedantic, it's just as easy to find a successful example - I saw it happening in Spain over 10 years ago, so if anything the technology should be even better now, e.g:



It's defnintely something that should be automated if possible, let machines deal with waste instead of having men picking up heavy and dirty bins.
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To be pedantic, it's just as easy to find a successful example - I saw it happening in Spain over 10 years ago, so if anything the technology should be even better now, e.g:

It's defnintely something that should be automated if possible, let machines deal with waste instead of having men picking up heavy and dirty bins.
That just makes it 50/50 though :P That one does seem better designed, so the UK would obv go for the crap one. Trouble even with that system is it needs all the bins to be identical and 'just so' and that just doesn't match the world i know.

The actual bins aren't the most dangerous bit btw (just moderately) the biggest cause of accidents is staff being hit by vehicles because they can barely hear or see anything and their role is essentially loading a heavy vehicle in the middle of the road, all day. :/
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No because I'm already a robot
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You identified my source!
And Cameron was replaced by Maybot so I guess the process is well underway
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This week's poll is multiple choice

Amazon’s employees in the US have been demanding better work environment, and recently they have also started to push for unionisation.

In the UK, ambulances were called 600 times to the company sites between 2015 and 2018 due to unsafe working conditions despite healthy and safety regulations.

Amazon employees in the US feel they have been treated like robots. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, two giant online retailing platforms - Alibaba and Jingdong, have been using robots to pick up and deliver items.

It is claimed that the self-charging and wifi-equipped robots have saved 70% of manpower in Alibaba’s smart warehouse.

Some benefits of robots and automation:
  • Cheaper to employ
  • Not requiring safe and ethical workplace conditions
  • Streamlined processes, which quicken production
  • Simpler to manage (potentially eliminating the role of trade unions)


Some drawbacks:
  • Make humans obsolete (see self-service checkouts)
  • Reduce human interactions, which is vital for our health
  • Might bring on the short term high levels of unemployment
  • Can potentially take over a variety of jobs (e.g. news reporters, drivers, cashiers, etc.)



What does this mean for future employment? Are you worried about getting a job in the future?

Do you have a specific job in mind that you think might be directly affected by the use of robots or artificial intelligence?

Which roles do you think are most at risk of automation?
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Dr Yu Fu is a Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University, and she is the Programme Director for the Management & Human Resource, the Management & Organisational Behaviour, and the Management & Sociology. Her research interest lies in international HRM, particularly national cultural factors in employment. The main focus of her research is to investigate the impact of Chinese cultural values on the Western Transnational Corporations’ HR policies and practices in their Chinese subsidiaries.



Dr Lara Pecis is a Lecturer in Organisation Studies at the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University Management School. She is also programme director for the Management and IT degree. Her teaching and research include the role of technologies in shaping organisations and their impact on people. She is also interested in questions of inclusion and diversity in management.
"eh I've been treated like a robot all my life so I'd love to have a robot take over my job and retire"
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When the robot (Friar Chris) gets replaced by a robot.
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When the robot (Friar Chris) gets replaced by a robot.
You don't replace robots, you just install upgrades.
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We have opened with the question of whether we will be replaced by robots or be treated like robots at work. It was interesting to see how despite the importance of many fights for better working conditions; we seem to be stuck at times in poor management practices that affects how we feel at/about work. Will robots make it better? Perhaps. Some of you posted creative gifs signalling how robots might actually be failing at doing the basics, others have already experienced issues of redundancy due to automation, some of you have a more positive outlook on how AI can improve our working lives by making us focus on things we enjoy doing, beyond the walls of a company. This will remain an open question for a few more years…let’s watch this space!
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