Due to the exponential growth in technological advances over time, technology has become a constant in everyone's lives. As these advancements are constantly being made, it is important to keep track of their impact on society.
Today, automation in technology is the area that I will be focusing on.
When I explain automation to my mom, she contorts her face into a raisin and questions, "But Riva, what about the people?" She doesn't have to continue for me to understand what she means. Her concern is one that aligns with most people. There is a public fear around the idea of automation - people are worried about automation leading to significant job losses and a rise in inequality. It is a valid concern as automation will definitely revolutionize the workplace; however, it is important to remember that technology has a long history of erasing jobs only to create more job opportunities.
Moreover, when speaking about automation, there is a tendency to overlook the profoundly meaningful impact that automation has in helping our society become more inclusive of people with disabilities. Advances in automation such as the integration of voice control into products, creation of home automation technology and domestic robots empowers people with disabilities and supports them in their pursuits to live more independently.
Automation is designed to make lives easier and better. When my mom questions me, "But Riva, what about the people?" I respond back, "Mommy, it is for the people - all people."