posted on Jun, 29 2007 @ 01:39 AM
Woot, perfect question for a roboticist.
Yes, the physical aspect of the work force is steadily being replaced by machines. But only on the large scale.
If someone needs allot of product made, all identical to each other, then automated production lines are ideal.
If someone needs a few of a product made, or allot, each with allot of variations, then humans will always hold that market. Why? because humans can
adapt immediately, machines have to be reprogrammed and modified for each use.
As for having your computer help done with an AI, that would only be feasible if computer technology didn't change. A human can adapt to new issues
with computers far faster than it would take to inform and reprogram a machine to deal with new issues that arise.
You have nothing to fear right now, unless of course your job is working on a mass production line.
Otherwise, it's not economically feasible to design, build, buy, and program machines for each tiny little use. Humans still hold that area.
It is my job to replace people with machines. My life is devoted to it. But I can say with some certainty that we roboticists will never be able to do
it completely. Humans are far too adaptable. Machines are precision instruments, designed for specific tasks. It costs money to make each one, and if
it costs more to build the manufacturing machines that you will get out of the actual product, you will use humans instead.