OUR IT INDUSTRY IS A UNIFIED UNIVERSE. FIRST, IT THREW UP JOBS IN NUMBERS AS MANY AS PLANETS AND NOW CREATING DANGEROUS BLACK HOLES CALLED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WHICH CAN NOT ONLY TAKE OVER THEIR JOBS BUT COMPLETELY OVER POWER HUMANS.
The trend of offshoring has made the Indian IT industry to grow at a blazing speed for last 15 years or so. The industry has been flooded with projects of developing and testing software, data entry and analysis, and after sales customer support for home giants as well as foreign attracted by the cheap labour. The number game revolving around this has been large, with over 50 million people occupied making it an overall annual affair of $ 150 billion.
The industry has been relying upon and is largely comforted by technologies like automation, robotics, big data analytics, machine learning and consulting. The workers in the industry have greatly feared the times when a robot would do their same work in half the time. When data analytics will come up with inference and resolution of challenges faced, much faster and smarter than the cliché analysts watching and delving over the market trends for years. And machine learning will make the machines intelligent enough to be comparable to humans, at least in the targeted domain if not wider.
The masses and the skilled workers in the industry have been anxious about the near future situation when the technology will run them completely out of jobs in no time. But there has been a school of thought which says that ‘workers’ may find a scarcity of jobs, but the ones who are capable enough of ‘adding value’ to the operations of the industry will definitely succeed. Technology will help companies downsize on mass employees, but they will definitely need the ones who can work ahead of that very ‘technology’. If a system running over the meaner technique lets an employer fire 10 people, the same will compel him hire 5 (good ones). There will always be a demand of those who are smart enough to harness, optimize and adapt such techniques on a level higher than before, some percentage more on profits as per the business oriented minds.
It cannot be denied that the robots did drop the jobs of some bleak skilled workers but at the same time it also created better job openings. People need to stay in tune with time and advancements. There is a certain definite demand of the work force for the operations of these automated robots. It has to be noted that a better skill set of minds who could control them and keep them managed will always be sought and welcomed by the industry.
The old school jobs, being served the same since generations lend a feel like we are robots. Lack of creativity and curiosity and the willingness to create something is a result of the human mind thinking out of box. It cannot be restrained. It is perhaps a new beginning to bringing more focus on skills rather than theoretical knowledge and degrees.
Automation and robots have given us a sigh of relief within risky situations that keep on arising in the world. As increases the degree of automated processes, so does the essential safety measure for the same. The system should be such that it alerts humans of a fire that may begin with a short circuit or by some inflammable substance.
More Myth. Less Fact
Humans love number, and here also, they have been talking huge figures of job loss due to automation. According to the some genuine analysis, only 8.5% of jobs face a high scope of automation.
If we shed light on the business side of it, the companies are expected to earn more and there will be better avenues of development and employment at new positions where humans will have toil a little less hard. This is immense advantages of preventing boredom that can make the work place mundane and lead to job dissatisfaction eventually.
Change Is Constant
Change is an element that has been blessed by the force to be inevitable. It is up to the most intelligent creatures on earth, we the humans to be maintain preparedness. We should pay more importance towards skill development and further enhancement instead of finding a comfort zone around orthodox jobs that might soon be gone. The technology is leaving us with room to indulge in better and value addition activities and now it’s up to us, how we channelize it.
Humans are smarter and more intelligent than they themselves are aware of. As the whole article has been centralized around ‘value addition’ by all engineers in the industry, one should definitely focus on how bigger and better can his contribution be at anything and everything he works over. And this can be done by enhancing your abilities and skills in numerous ways like:
Be more resourceful: Try to learn and be capable of what ‘all’ goes in any project. Expand your radar of work.
Entrepreneurial skills: Any job you do, anything you take up, try to have an perspective of your own in the business sense.
Efficiency is the key: Harder workers go fast. Smart workers go far. Be innovative at your own work.
Be a man of ideas: Over 90% projects today are a recycled product of something that failed in past. Our IT industry had been declared dead because of the scarcity of projects in major areas like cloud and mobile computing. Irrespective of the industry crisis, the ideas will always be valued and remain precious. Innovation is what Apple makes Apple, and many more such examples exist.
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