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The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

Posted by Marie L. Clark on Jul 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

"Robots won't put humans out of business —they'll give them a promotion." —Bullhorn (introducing Bullhorn Bots for its CRM platform)


Process automation is not a new thing. We have been automating processes since the mid-18th century (circa 1784.)

  • The first wave was a series of innovations targeted for the predominantly agrarian, rural societies that reduced human effort and increased productivity, like thread spinning engines and textile looms.
  •  The second wave of Industrialization (circa 1870) was the shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production. This wave caused humans to leave their agrarian, rural lifestyle and move into cities to work in factories.
  •  The third wave (circa 1969), known as the Computer Age, combined the use of electronics and information technology to further automate production.

 We currently find ourselves on the cusp of the fourth wave, the Cyber-Physical Age. This era is characterized by Pervasive Connectivity, Vast Amounts of Data and Unparalleled Breakthroughs in Technology.

This wave promises to blur the line between humans and machines.

Change is difficult for many humans and blurring the lines between humans and machines strikes fear in the hearts of many. However Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) promises to deliver significant enhancements to our quality of life. Industry experts predict that, in 2018, half a billion people will save two hours a day as a result of AI and RPA. New technology will assist with non-routine tasks, previously not automatable, and will remove drudgery in our everyday lives.

Industry experts predict that, in 2018, half a billion people will save two hours a day as a result of Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation.

 Ironically, there was a time when people resisted the adoption of answering machines. “I will never leave a message on one of those things! Too impersonal!” However, who can imagine today a world without voicemail. Those same people that cursed the answering machine are today incensed when they call a friend and the phone rings and rings.

Here are some things that I would truly miss today that didn’t exist when I was growing up:

  • ATM
  • Cell Phones
  • GPS
  • DVRs
  • On Demand TV
  • Online Banking
  • Cell Phone Boarding Passes
  • iTunes & Amazon Music
  • Bluetooth Headset
  • Automatic car doors
  • Laptop that fits in my purse
  • Tablets
  • Kindle Books

What could you do with an extra two hours a day?

Like farmers faced with the prospect of moving to the city to secure work in a factory, there are those who thrived in that transition and those that had to be dragged, kicking and screaming. Now is the time for individuals to decide, will you be an early adopter of new technologies that reduce drudgery and repetitive tasks? Personally, I plan to be amongst those who save two hours a day.

Are YOU ready to embrace Robots?

Topics: robophonia, robophobia, Fear, robotics, process automation, Artificial Intelligence, robotic process automation, robot, robots