Katex is a third generation 21118 humanoid robot. Joseph, his master was enjoying the sunshine outside while he called him.
“Katex, go and buy me some fruits from the market.”
2 hours had passed. Katex was still not home.Worried Joseph went to the grocery and saw Katex still standing there in the scorching heat.
“Here’s your fruits master”
What was the reason had he been standing there and didn’t return for hours even though he had bought the fruits?
Grammar and sentence formation of the master could be blamed to a bit for this. Albeit Joseph asked him to “buy him fruits”, he never asked him to “come back after that”. A robot agrees to whatever he is commanded, however illogical it may be. The trait of basic understanding comes from experience. What in inherited and nurtured from years of experience can only be downloaded into the software bearing the robot.
The following write -up will try to find an inter relational between the keywords – Technology and Manpower, try to find a linkage between the two and with a slight twist try to answer this question – Can technology really/n’t replace manpower?
First we’ll understand what MANPOWER as a whole means. Taking a broader perspective, manpower maybe judicial workforce, a voting population, teaching manforce, a bunch of friends, soldiers and regiment leaders,a class of semi-skilled/skilled workforce, a group of ethical hackers, disaster management force, engineers with analytical and technical expertise, or a group of people who have vowed to change age-old practices.
We live in a democratic country, where judiciary is a separate body having power of maintaining law and order. Technology cannot be used to give final verdict or judgement for a boy who was involved in a rape case -it requires the discretion of the judges, analytical abilities of the law makers and ability to interpret the proofs to be able to announce the final verdict. However, technology can be used to classify and store the complaints online, which may reduce the complications and hence delay in finding old-lost files.
Similarly, robots in a country cannot be the voting population . We being a democracy , the citizens have the full fledged privilege to be able judge on themselves whom they think deserve to be in power. However, technology can make sure that free and fair elections are held, by using CCTV’s to have a watchful eye and hence takes actions against the malpractices being followed during elections.
In the economic sphere, the advent of industrial revolution saw the emerging capitalists society and production increasing manifold due to use of machines. But according to surveys, after reaching a saturation point, the middle class surges and restricts itself from growing further. Reason? Rising machine usage decreased jobs and hence the increase in the number of middle class population stops, thus reducing the purchasing power parity, surging demands, global slowdown and hence a disrupted economy. However, usage of automation increases the speed of production. There needs to be a balance between the two.
In social sphere, the coming the social networking sites gave an opportunity to the introverts hither to to connect to the people from the real life in the virtual world. Although virtually, it increased their confidence to interact with people. But Social media can only help you to “share memories”. Memories are actually built with a bunch of friends from college, from a trip in school or from a late night concert.
Technology cannot be used to change the mindset of the people who are not only reluctant to use the toilets built under Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, but also are reluctant to use technology for any purpose. But a nukkad natak by a bunch of people from the same society galvanize them to use it. However, recently coming of IEC(Information,Education,Communication through IT) has been stressed upon to fill the lacunae which cannot be filled by people.
In moral sphere of life, technology cannot decide if some work you need to do abide by the principles of morality or ethnicity. A robot will only do things he has been commanded to do. He won’t judge if it is correct or wrong. But a whole population can decide what is the best in terms of ethnicity. For example : Getting freedom for the country by overthrowing foreign power is ethical according to utilitarian principle, but a robot cannot judge this.
Technology can’t stop wars or freedoms. It can only be the leaders of the countries involved, who may sign MoU, treaties of consensus and instruments of accession that can end up wars. We require a man force to fight wars too – the soldiers. However, if your country has a better technology and the other country is technology deprived, you surely have an upperhand in the war.
Technology cannot replace teachers. The responsibility of the teacher is to make sure each student in his class gets what he has thought, and for that he even asks individual students. Teachers in a kindle school may teach kids manners, but this cannot be thought by bunch of computers.However, technology can be used to make the class more interactive and student -friendly.
Technology cannot stop the natural calamities. Apparently, even the human force cannot do it. But the mitigation process, evacuation and rescue operation requires a trained disaster management force. Also, recent rescue operation of late Lance Naik tells us how thermal radiation can be used to find detect a buried alive body beneath the snow. This is an example of how technology and man power compliment each other.
Technology cannot wholly be relied upon in an automation oriented manufacturing process. It always needs a technical expertise to run the machines. Engineers are employed for the same. These engineers cannot be replaced by the machines, and nor the vice-versa holds any water.
In security matters, technology can make sure to hold the database of each and every criminal present in the jail, or the database of people’s identity by say systems like Aadhar, but it surely cannot save itself from being undermined to cyber theft. It hence requires a bunch of ethical hackers to be able to dodge such practices.
Similarily, building a monument cannot wholly depend on machines. It requires various sanctions to be passed and has to go from bureaucratic hurdles against environmental clearances, labor laws and what not. All this requires – a human to sign the papers.
The underlying fact that remains subdued hither to is that technology is NOT ON ITS OWN. We, the humans are the reasons technology came to this planet. We often tend to forget that we the ones who brought this. It is the humans who operate it, humans who sell it, who market it and humans who profit from it.
It is necessary here to understand that technology isn’t something we need to GIVE-UP, only to go back to the mesolithic age. We need to avoid the overlap between humans and technology, try to strike a balance between the two, and look at jobs that requires the element of human behaviour- something technology can never replicate inspite of the claims.The qualities of empathy, compassion, intuity, courage, determination, will power, discretion and the most important of them – Emotional Intelligence – remains only with the humans.
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