Robots and the Future of Work

Introduction

As companies become more concerned about labor costs and productivity, businesses are driven to automate.  More and more companies have begun to use robots to replace many jobs that are nowadays performed by humans.  

Robots are here to stay and many employees will likely be made redundant. However, despite the excitement surrounding technology, robots and AI (Artificial Intelligence) there are many skeptics who have raised concerns regarding their safety. Meanwhile, many experts remain optimistic regarding the role robots will play, as jobs have consistently changed throughout history and society has always adapted to these changes.

Would robots be able to replace you? Will you develop the skill sets to make you employable in the future?

 

 

Task

In groups:

Option 1: You are tasked with creating a Pecha Kucha (click on link below) presentation where you will explore:

  • how jobs have changed through time
  • and predict how jobs will continue to evolve in the future and which jobs will be eliminated and why
  • what impact robots and AI will have on Society

 

Option 2: You are tasked with creating a Pecha Kucha presentation which you will explore:

  • what knowledge, skills and abilities are likely to be in demand in the future for your line of work
  • and assess if your current skill set is effective and adequate to remain employable going forward

 

How to create a Pecha Kucha https://www.wabisabilearning.com/blog/how-to-make-great-presentations-with-pecha-kucha

 

In general, your research should answer the following questions:

  1. How have jobs changed through time?
  2. What new jobs do you think will be created? Why?
  3. What jobs do you think are likely to disappear? Why?
  4. What are possible solutions to loss of jobs due to automation?
  5. What would happen if robots did your job?
  6. Could robots do your job now?
  7. How would you prepare yourself to remain employable?
  8. What skills, abilities and knowledge are transferrable to many other different fields?
  9. How effective is the current education system in equipping individuals to be productive in the future?
  10. What are the advantages and disadvantages of AI and robots?
  11. What advice would you give to high school students about to choose a degree?

 

Process

1. Work in groups of four OR find a partner who has or is looking for the same career projection as you 

2. View again how to create a Pecha Kucha presentation: https://www.wabisabilearning.com/blog/how-to-make-great-presentations-with-pecha-kucha

3.  Decide with your partner or group what information you would like to include in your Pecha Kucha and what should the logical sequence. Make sure you consider the questions in the Task Content

4. Research information online, read reports and do online quizzes. Here are a number of websites where you can start looking for information, but it is not exclusive to these

5. Put your ideas together and decide how to assign and organize the tasks (who will do what, in which order and deadlines)

6. Create your Pecha Kucha presentation using PowerPoint. Remember that each member must prepare what they would say with each slide.  Each person must present at least 4 slides.

7. Practice and rehearse your presentation.  

8. Upload your presentation in WordPress before you deliver your presentation during our next class. https://wordpress.com/customize/futureofworkpechakucha.wordpress.com

Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria_Peer Assessment

 
  Very Good Good Satisfactory Feedback

Content

       
Audience Engagement        
Language Structure          

You will be evaluated and provided feedback on the following criteria:

  • Content:  Have you included all relevant information?
  • Audience Engagement and Creativity:  Is the presentation visually attractive?  Is the presentation following the dynamism of Pecha Kucka Presentations? Are the slide transitions smooth?
  • Language:  Is the use of vocabulary and language appropriate?
Conclusion

 

Both individuals and companies need to adapt to the changes. Corporate initiatives in change management will help employees feel valuable despite the fact that automation may be displacing some jobs. Companies should create new roles and assign new workers, as well as provide them with training opportunities to acquire transferable skills.

 

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