Stephen Hawking’s and Elon Musk’s somewhat misfire in regards to artificial Intelligence being a cohesive and self aware threat against humanity, is based on a confused hysteria that the militarization of computer systems and automated firepower could doom humanity. If there is a threat against the human race via the intelligent machines that we create, it will be the re-structure of rationality and our relevance, which may lead us to be productively obsolete if we cannot become more conscientious within the modern world that we have created. In other words, human error, fatigue and psychological flaws, over time, should be eliminated from the human psyche to keep up with the computer systems. Otherwise our industries (a productive society) will be replaced, but not, destroyed by AI. The odds of the human race devouring it’s self are far greater than AI systems lending a hand.
The gravest fear that has rippled through humanity from the technology industry is that, someday, almost all of our jobs will be replaced by robots.
While that fear is often laughed off as something that will only happen far into the future, the truth is that it’s actually happening right now.
In Dongguan City, located in the central Guangdong province of China, a technology company has set up a factory run almost exclusively by robots, and the results are fascinating.
The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan has automated production lines that use robotic arms to produce parts for cell phones. The factory also has automated machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and other automated equipment in the warehouse.
There are still people working at the factory, though. Three workers check and monitor each production line and there are other employees who monitor a computer control system. Previously, there were 650 employees at the factory. With the new robots, there’s now only 60. Luo Weiqiang, general manager of the company, told the People’s Daily that the number of employees could drop to 20 in the future.
The robots have produced almost three times as many pieces as were produced before. According to the People’s Daily, production per person has increased from 8,000 pieces to 21,000 pieces. That’s a 162.5% increase.
The increased production rate hasn’t come at the cost of quality either. In fact, quality has improved. Before the robots, the product defect rate was 25%, now it is below 5%.