Analysis Of Why Robots Will-And-Must Take Our Jobs

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The impact of technology on society is a growing topic for discussion. Often, the issue of whether or not technology is controlling humans arises. Academic scholars, journalists, and writers have presented various views on this issue representing both the support and opposition for technology’s control over humans. In his article “Why Robots Will-and-Must Take Our Jobs,” editor and writer Kevin Kelly strongly defends that humans have control over technology by describing how the primary job of humans is to create more jobs for robots. Journalist Clive Thompson agrees with Kelly in his article “Smarter than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better” that humans have control over technology, but he also vouches for the idea …show more content…
He discusses the power of robot’s integration and use in society. Kelly describes how over time robots will capture the “old jobs,” or jobs that humans used to have, and humans “new job” will be to create more jobs for robots to complete (Kelly 305). Kelly uses the A/B/C/D quadrant to show the relationship between humans and machines in the process of robot replacement (305). This quadrant compares new and existing jobs and whether these jobs will be the roles of humans or machines. Kelly’s inclusion of this quadrant in his essay shows the relationship as a circle where ultimately, humans will make decisions about which jobs robots and humans will perform. He emphasizes, “Let the robots take the jobs, and let them help us dream up new work that matters” (312). Kelly is claiming that it is the final decision of humans to decide which jobs robots will perform based on the needs of humans and robots as technology progresses. He also asserts that humans have the ability to take jobs away from robots that yield technology some control over humans. This idea supports his claim of why humans ultimately have the choice in which jobs will be performed and by whom. Kelly’s conclusion that it is the job of humans to create jobs for robots supports the claim that humans are controlling …show more content…
He uses the game of chess to support his argument. After analyzing various chess games, including variations of humans competing against and with machines, Thompson concludes that humans playing alongside computers, i.e. receiving suggestions from computers about which move should be played next, is more beneficial than playing solely as an individual or computer. Including a comparison to chess allows Thompson to portray how the relationship bound by chess, computers, and humans is similar to humans and technology, where working together is more beneficial than individually. In order for humans to successful adapt and integrate themselves into with technology, the human brain must have the ability learn and grow. In his essay, Thompson includes the Theory of Cognition that humans are mentally dominant (Thompson 355). He also incorporates a summary of evidence from multiple studies completed by neuroscientists that have used brain scans to try and understand exactly how the brain is wired and “rewired” (355). However, Thompson mentions that because of a lack of present in-depth knowledge regarding the subject in this advancing field, sufficient analysis based on analytical tests are not available. Despite recent studies, Thompson feels that “Almost everything rewires [the brain]” (357). The brain’s ability to grow

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