By Affif Siddique
Is your HR ready to handle this kind of workforce?
What we have seen in the SciFi movies is no longer a work of fiction, it has become a reality. With the rise of machines and proliferation of connected machines, the question is no longer if, but when, we see the Robots working side by side in our daily lives. We may soon see them working at home, jobs, shops or events. This transformation will bring disruptive changes required to manage a man-machine workforce which no one knows how? At least not yet!
Recently, a Google announcement about building robots to replace humans in the workforce made the rounds and we need to start thinking what will happen when it becomes reality.
Some of the questions will include:
These are just a few of the top of the mind questions, but you can see that a new Pandora's box is ready to open and I don't think there is any organization which is ready to adopt these workers and there is no HR software out there to manage this class of man-machine workforce. There are several companies developing these Robot workers seeing a futuristic demand for various different job functions. We cannot just simply shy away from these questions by classifying Robot workers as dumb machines. It has been scientifically proven that these machines use smart algorithms to learn on their own. They use behavioral analytics and other cognitive learning programs and one day we may find them competing against human workers and actively participate in an organization.
As the most recent DARPA robotic challenge revealed, much of this technology has evolved and is ready for mainstream adoption. Recently, Google launched a buying spree and upped its robot building operation giving a clear indication that we will see more and more Robots in our lives in the near future
I would like to hear from other thought leaders and people working on projects involving the state of the futuristic workforce to contribute on what they think of their Robotic counterparts and what would be appropriate solutions to handle Robot workers in the mainstream workforce.