Automation has become more ubiquitous and widespread than ever before. Automation is present in almost every aspect of life, and its scope and penetration are increasing exponentially. However, artificial intelligent robots and systems will increasingly be able to think out of the box, and learn, integrate information and work together more effectively.
This trend is very much applicable to today's life. When will automation take over? How long until all our work is done by robots? What type of technology will automate it?
We believe that we can see some of these questions answered by some of the current advances in automation. We would say that we're in a transition period where automation may well be the wave of the future. The current progress we've seen in robotic technology in recent years is just the beginning.
Now, as an example, one might point out to me that as robotic systems become more powerful and capable, they will soon be able to do the things we've been doing for years. After all, what difference does it make if we're doing it in a factory or in our home. In fact, the advances in automation that we've already seen will only make this happen sooner.
The current progress in automation will help us to create new markets and areas of employment. If you think about it, we have all been trained to perform certain tasks. These tasks can be divided into three broad categories: manual labor, task automation, and computer-based automation. Each category of task automation has their own set of skills, abilities, and resources which need to be acquired, developed, and then integrated to produce a desired result. It's not possible for humans alone to master these skill sets.
In essence, the advances in automation have made us more efficient and productive, both in the workplace and outside of it. It's clear that we're going to see an increase in productivity and job opportunities thanks to this progress, if society stays open to learning and adapting new skill sets.
The third category of automation that I'll mention is computer-based automation, which uses the internet and software to carry out a variety of functions. This includes all marketing automation such as online marketing campaigns, search engine optimization, social media promotion and e-mail marketing. Businesses now more than ever are realizing the impact of marketing online and being able to automate it is turning into a competitive advantage. We can see this trend growing with the rise of more automated marketing platforms that allow companies to have all their marketing centralized and executed from one central hub.
We believe that the current progress in automation will lead us to a more intelligent economy. This may mean that jobs will no longer be the "permanent" type we usually think of when we consider a job. However, at some point our roles within the workforce will become more focused on the creative and analytical side of tasks, creating a well-balanced workflow between humans and automation.