According to a recent report by the United Nations, nearly one-third of all jobs in first-world countries will be lost to automation over the next 15 years.
Even if the report fall short in its predictions, there is little doubt that millions, maybe billions, of people will be affected by automation. Workers in a wide range of industries are already in the crosshairs.
So, what are the ethical and policy impacts of automation and unemployment?
The introduction of new automation changes the entire business model and can affect all aspects of enterprise operations. Craig Salvalaggio, VP of Applied Manufacturing Technologies notes that companies can reduce the friction of new technology deployment by using collaborative approaches that can produce an abundance of opportunities for the existing workforce.
He notes that the solution involves a number of strategies, including, gaining buy-in from the company’s workforce, making the new technology familiar, repositioning the workforce infrastructure, and creating retraining programs.