A recent story in Washington Post on robots was something special. The story was based on Japan’s turn to robots, foreseeing a big shortage in work force.
|Now you may ask why Japan do not immigrate outsiders for their fast-growing job market. But right in the very beginning, the author describes that Japan is rejecting immigration. Most interesting aspect of the article is that many young women in Japan prefer to have no children.
This means the coming decades the nation would face severe fall in human resources. Japan’s new move can be called as a precautionary measure to solve the future problems.
Even the worlds largest companies like Toyota would introduce robots in their business, followed by universities and other organizations according to the report. Japan is one of the most developed economies and there are lot of opportunities in production industries. Most of the jobs are based on technology. Human resource is inevitable part of every nations development. But when the quantity of human resource falls and the nation remains intolerant of immigrants, the only option is robots.
In this fast growing scientific world, robots are proved to be a good replacement of men. They can work in almost all circumstances just like men. Robots can dance, receive guests, and look after old people. In Japan there are robot-developing laboratories. Japan is foreseeing the need of future. They know robots would be demanding in tomorrows world widely as once computers were. What Japan is doing today will be determining for tomorrow. Japan’s famous companies are developing robots.
|Image: ASIMO, a humanoid robot –
Manufactured by Honda.
It will be also interesting to think this subject in Kerala context. Though it seems to be hypothetical, robotic revolution can’t be ruled out. In one way or other, peoples lives would be influenced by robots. Suppose, after some years Keralites would be facing some resource shortage because most of our workforce go out of the country searching for more lucrative assignments – the US or Middle East hiring them with attractive perks.
Most of the young generation is not at all interested in children. Some others need only single kid. It is not a wonder while considering the mind of today’s youth. Present day matrimonial advertisements may be an instance to realize the minds of youth. Many prefer to have no child at all. If resources are enough, people would buy robots for making their lives comfortable. The expected growth in foreign investment would lead Kerala to new heights of industrial developments. The opportunities in IT and other related fields would increase. So Kerala requires more human resources in future. This may be the common development phenomena in Kerala within two decades.
The development would definitely affect all aspects of social life. Nobody will be there in home to look after old people. At this time one would think of robots that are suitable for helping old people. Already many in the old age are compelled to stay in old age-homes. Old people may go outside with the help of robots. Robots may answer the calls of customers in a supermarket.
Preparing for robotic era:
In this hi-tech era, one can’t ignore the coming reforms. But anyone discussing about robots would invite Kerala’s ire, especially from the politics which opposed the computers. They campaigned against computers alleging it would crush the job opportunities. Paradoxically enough, those who opposed computers are using it widely. Leader of the protest then, Chief Minister VS himself who spearheaded it, had gone to Banaglore recently to plead with Infosys and the likes to come and setup shop in Kerala.
Keralites may expect more protests in the future for Robots too. One can find many hartals and marches protesting against robots. There may be different perception and attitude towards every high tech development. But at last everyone would compromise on easy-living with these latest technologies.