Think about it. A relatively simple technology, such as a Raspberry Pi (can be assembled with cheap plug & play elements), still fails at times. I had to return my first Pi4, as it would crash when stressed. When I re-ordered the replacement, I paid a few extra bucks to add more working memory. Don’t know whether that was the failure point, but one thing you will never regret is more memory on a high-tech component.
The linked article points out the many places where a ‘robot worker’ simply won’t be able to handle the job. Outside of the factory floor, the world is non-standard, and navigating that takes either a lot of robot ‘smarts’, or a human, who is uniquely capable of improvising in new circumstances – what we call learning.
So, men and women need to work on shoring up their Strong Suit – their adaptability and capability for learning new things, which doesn’t diminish as quickly as you might expect. We’re really good about learning new physical skills, and those skills that are an extension of previous learning.
I’m almost 70. In the last 10 years, I’ve learned:
- The layout of a new city, including the ability to get to places without GPS assistance.
- How to put a computer together, install software, and manage computer tasks, using a Raspberry Pi and Linux. Still learning, with the help of a Linux-savvy brother, and internet assistance (thank you, unseen Linux community!).
- How to get a radio license, upgrade to long-distance communication, operate a handheld radio, GMRS, and weather spotting.
- Operation of a new sewing machine – far more high-tech than my previous, non-electronic machine (45 years old).
- How to operate a Smartboard (2 different types), virtual conferencing, use of online class management system, and various science data collection equipment.
- Qualified for my insurance license, specialized certification in Health Care insurances, and yearly re-certification of different insurance lines.
That’s just a short summary. My next project will be upgrading my gardening skills, drying some of the harvest, and canning most of the rest. None of which I’ve done by myself. Also, shifting to making bakery products – bread, muffins, biscuits, pies, cakes, and other baking output, with the goal of deleting the need for grocery runs.
My husband is interested in learning beekeeping. He is 73.
We are not unique. What skills we haven’t the time or interest to acquire, we can exchange money/barter for. We are not hopeless or helpless, in the face of a hostile government or corporate structure.
We can always chose to go Galt.
So, no, humans will NOT be replaced. Not anytime soon.