From Human Workers to Robots: Advantages and Disadvantages

Like what people from the past have said, our culture and way of living right at this moment have significantly evolved. Maybe we don’t have real and mass-produced flying cars yet, but robots doing specific jobs have already been ‘mingling’ with and ‘servicing’ us. No, you cannot see them interacting with random people on the street, but they may have manufactured that car that took you to the office or school this morning.

Type the word “human robots” on a video-streaming site, and you will most likely be welcomed by artificial talking beings greeting and smiling at people. Japan is known to be obsessed with producing human-like robots regarding their technological advancement. These are the usual robots that you can imagine and see in your imagination. Something like an upright walking and blinking android.

Usually, we see and regard robots as something related to entertainment. Some robots serve as an attraction in museums or malls. Some happy-faced machines that respond to your “Hi” and high-five you everytime you pass. In the point of view of the industrial world, robots are very much ‘valued.’ Industry players have a whole different notion of what a robot can do.

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Why are industrial companies replacing human workers?

People from centuries ago must have been proud of their prediction that robots would soon mingle with humans. By mingling, it’s not just these ‘battery-operated’ creatures being treated as entertainment, but they are, in fact, doing the significant job. But maybe you’re asking – How would you define significant in this case?

Fact: Robots are now taking a real person’s job. Just to up this thought to a whole new level, companies are even ‘hiring’ them to take a job responsibility usually given to human employees. Empirical studies found out that employment-to-population ratio has decreased at the boom of the ‘robot workers.’

Why then, you ask? Listed below are the different aspects of advantages that a robot has compared to the average heart-beating workforce.   

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Precision

Robots are programmed machines that correspond to the accuracy of materials being used in the manufacturing process. With precision, there’s only high-quality results and more accurate products. With precision, errors are kept to a minimum.

Safety

Robots are made up of metals that make them the best choice when it comes to a serious job responsibility. They can work in hazardous environment anytime. Companies need not worry about the worst cases of specific manufacturing tasks that can harm a human employee if they employ robots.

Productivity

Robots don’t need any sleep and emotional or mental maintenance to function correctly. What they need is a good program and some special fuel to do tasks at the desired rate. They can work without any breaks at any shifts. As long as they are power-supplied, production and manufacturing will go.

Are robots better?

The advantages are indeed quite attractive for the companies to shift to robot workers. However, weigh-ins should also be considered as behind these benefits hide some considerable drawbacks.

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Costs

Robotic equipment comes with a hefty and expensive price tag. Companies need to shell out a lump sum of money to finance robots. Take note; this is only the robotic machines. Companies still need to employ professional people to code and program them.

Professional skills

Different companies and industries call for different types of technical works. Robots still need some expert people in the right field to program them to do the required tasks. Extensive training is necessary to set up these robots correctly.  

Limitations of ability 

Robots work based on the programmed assignments and predetermined process. Unexpected situations will not be accommodated appropriately. Simple missing chips or parts may also cause the whole system to cease working properly.

 

The wide range of advantages of employing robots over human workers may result in more significant savings and larger production magnitude. However, this may only be manifested after some time. Robots, after all, still need expertise and professional people to run and technically maintain them.