Evidently it is not a question of “If..?” or “When..?”.
And it is not a case of us vs. them as some might suggest (see the full article at Wired magazine). It is not a case of Productivity paradox (which is NOT a general principle but rather a particular phenomenon). It is a simple case of superiority of spicies at certain areas (see the video examples). Which naturally leads to the global tendency of robotization (you could see some old data here and here).
The CEO of Adept gives some light on the topic: “So do robots take jobs away? I’m asked that question many times. I would draw some comparisons to other industries. In 1900, about 50 percent of the U.S. population was in farming. Today it’s less than 5 percent. Yet our output is far greater than it was in 1900. And while you’d argue that tractors and cotton mills and other machines eliminated a number of farming jobs, the reality is that the mechanization enhanced the productivity of farming to a point where people went into manufacturing, into engineering, into a variety of industries that spun the industrial age and then the information age in the United States. Had that mechanization not occurred in farming, we wouldn’t have much of the advances we had in the 20th century, because we’d all be on the farms producing food.”. (Read the full interview here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/john-dulchinos-adept-do-robots-take-peoples-jobs). Of course while reading the article skip the texts about the unnecesary government protection of U.S. robot makers – it is quatsch. But the Obama administration initiative is admirable (btw Obama is pro- stem-cell research and is the first US president to recognize the role of the engineers for the technical progress).
UPDATE: (proving some points of the CEO at ADEPT) The world’s biggest and cheapest producing country has just made steps towards ever cheaper and more production. Read the full article here:
– you like to use your imagination
– you procrastinate
– you get tired (and you work 1/3 of the required time).
– you are imprecise
– you are slow
– you do not have specially made devices for the job at hand (you a rather all-round, all-purpose and average)
In short: YOU ARE HUMAN – you have a brain good for thinking (and for procrastination and do not have anything else usable for quality manufacturing. It is better to embrace the technology and use it as accelerator of your capabilities, and move on to the next job – leave all you can to the machines, explore the new interesting stuff.
UPDATE: a very interesting info-graphic…