Future Now Coexists with robots, it is closer than you thought. It is not a scientific movie but the reality of the workplace. Since Google invented AlphaGo to defeat the human world Go Game master, the robots can outperform humans even in the strategic game of iGo (Japan word, or Weiqi in Chinese, Baduk in Korea). Couple years further back, IBM Deep Blue defeated the world international chess master, but due to fixed boards in nature, can be calculated by machine, so humans continue to monopolize Go games for a long period of time. Computer AI can not compete with true professionals, until AlphaGo invented, and set the milestone for mankind.
We will expect to see more forms of robots in our daily life. Robots chef is just one of them. We expect in the very near future, the classic case of AlphaGo will repeat over here. In the real workplace, robots come in various forms, no need to be human-like. Manufacturing facilities feature various high speed robots arm for carrying out extreme precision work such as cpu manufacturing, that humans find impossible to carry out. Self driving cars that can be used for long distance traveling is another classic example. Chat bot, that presence in the web or your mobile application, is yet another. Software based AI to handle and process high volume or complex business process automation without human intervention known as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) help huge corporations and governments to eliminate excess human employees and can serve 24x7x365 is another good example.
The real question to ask is not about how to compete with robots, but how to coexist and use them for good. Just look at all the future possibilities and use it for a better human life. For instance, medical robots in handling various bio dangerous missions and tasks to prevent human infection. Space exploration and use robots to perform high risk missions and tasks. One extreme will be in the military deployment, robots troops that are high tech and 100% loyal in their chain of command. Recently we had Tom Hanks’ solo play movie Finch (2021) provide a good example for how robots in post-apocalyptic science fiction provide yet another dimension of the meaning of human life.
When you have a clear understanding for what is coming next, what domain or field will rise in importance, and what will decline? A lot of traditional fields of study by university and college simply will be wiped out, and new fields of study need to be invented to prepare the next generation of workforce. A workforce knows how to coexist with the robots.
Online resources continue to replace most traditional means of knowledge creation, update and distribution at speed of line. Just saw how wikipedia killed the entire encyclopedia business in human history. How music from audio castle to CD, then mp3 and now streaming anywhere anytime you want it to be via internet. How physical books become digital ebooks allow people to read, to learn and to study in any device they carry, and make digital notes and re use it for their life. Education and learning content for the most part have become freed up by the digital economy, university and colleges need to think and consider what they can offer to be value-added in society or face the decline as time goes by.
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