Automation: Boon or Bane?

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The world is heading towards automation at breakneck speed. But, are we stopping to think about the human effects and impact of extensive digitization, which is looking to take over the world? While automation is supposed to aid progress, it has its downside like job losses.

Answering all these questions, was Dr. Narendra Gore, the leader for Communication sector Go-To-Market offerings team at IBM. A guest lecture by Gore was organized at NMIMS Indore on October 14, 2017 where he spoke about ‘Automation and its impact on Jobs’, reported Shruti Krishnamoorthy from NMIMS Indore Campus.

narendra gore, ibm, nmims indore, mba, pgdmGore spoke about new-age automation with cognitive capabilities that can develop abilities wherein they can comprehend scenarios and emotions, like humans. IBM’s ‘Watson’ is a super computer created IBM, which can create and provide solutions with accuracy and speed, that can match eight experts from the domain. Chatbots, he said, will soon become conveniences on whom we will depend for our bread and soul.

Like they did earlier, computers are no more replacing mundane tasks but slowly taking over jobs that humans can do, like writing, thinking and executing. Gore said that, in the future, employment can completely decline to about 20% as pseudo humans replace humans. In a world where computers do all the work, people can potentially be paid for unemployment.

Gore’s speech ignited young minds in the audience who questioned the extent of penetration of automation in India, and its effect on themselves. In spite of being a technology expert who worked as the CIO for Peugeot of America, Senior Manager at BearingPoint, Gore advocated an integrated approach to technology and innovation. Automation should guide processes but not hold humans by the thread. According to him, education and knowledge should be balanced by wisdom, in a manner that benefits mankind.