Commentary on the rise of the intelligent machine in the workplace continues now with focus on the topic of drones and robots in warehouses. This growing trend for retailers is sure to have a negative impact on the continuing number of human roles in non-customer service areas as machines add greater accuracy, efficiency and speed while also working seamlessly at night.
This shift is likely to lead to more human creators, programmers and managers of machines, but it is anticipated that there will be a net loss for human workers overall.
What is clear is that employers must consider now what will be needed of their staff in the workplace of tomorrow and to grapple with their re-training pronto. The government and educational establishments will need to play their part as well to ensure a comfortable transition as technological developments gather pace.
Flying drones and robots now patrol distribution warehouses - they've become workhorses of the e-commerce era online that retailers can't do without. It is driving down costs but it is also putting people out of work: what price progress?