Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Robots Can’t Replace Humans

Over the next decade, machines are expected to displace about 20 million manufacturing jobs. And as robots grow smarter, even knowledge workers won’t be safe.

But smart computers are not as scary as the news lets on.

Though technology is gaining ground fast, its influence is incremental and barely felt.

Spam filters, webshop recommendations, automatic spell checkers, voice commands, face recognition, live directions…

Technologies we now all see as self-evident and take for granted.

AI would only shock you if you’d slip into a coma and wake up ten years later. But because progress trickles its way into our lives, we don’t notice it.

Consider self-driving cars.

The first autonomous car was built in the 1980s. And the first car to drive itself from coast-to-coast—Pittsburgh to San Diego—was in 1995.

Yet the reality of self-driving cars only hit the mainstream a few years ago.

There won’t be a big unveiling of the autonomous car as there was with the iPhone. Smart cars will simply ride into your neighborhoud without any fuss.

And AI will slowly take over our jobs without complaint.

But despite its intelligence, computers can’t surpass us on all fronts.

Googlemaps may show you the quickest route to Rome, but it will never recommend you go.

A robot may bring your order to your dining table, but it won’t look you in the eye.

And that’s where we differ from the synthetic. Robots can work harder and reach deadlines quicker, but they are never thoughtful or pleasant.

Let machines take over the monotonous and dangerous jobs, so we can focus on human tasks. 

Work on staying human and you won’t ever be replaced.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach