Why We Make Technology More Reliable Than People
Rosey, the Jetsons’ household robot, is becoming a palpable dream for innovative engineers. Robotic and programming technologies are responsible for the creation of self-driving vehicles — and while the process requires improvements, driverless cars already exist –, voice-controlled assistants, and self-regulated accommodations. Creating a robotic household machine doesn’t seem like an impossible dream anymore. Rosey the Robot is the butler of the future. But Rosey also highlights an important consideration, namely, that assistive technology has always been part of the engineering psyche. The space age Hanna-Barbera sitcom depicts a high-tech future that is now at arm’s reach. Creators painted a world in which people rely on technology. We may not live in an animated sitcom, but technology plays now a reliable function in the business world. Why do we trust tech more than people in the workplace, and what does that mean for workers?
It guarantees a result you can trust
People are prone to make mistakes. Despite our best efforts, the difference between accuracy and precision delivered by a machine or by a person is significant. The machine is capable of providing measurements that are as close as possible to the real dimensions, working with a tiny error margin. A person, on the other hand, is more likely to work with a bigger error margin, depending on their measuring method. Additionally, a machine measuring the same item multiple times will provide the same result, while a person could show discrepant results.
It can track a high volume of data easily
Even the most conscientious employees need time to perform complex checks on any machinery or business system. An automated sensor solution, on the other hand, can perform checks on the go and intervene rapidly in case of abnormal results. For instance, automated checks can identify malfunctions and prevent further damage. On the other hand, an individual performing the same checks may not be able to reach the same result in the same amount of time, leaving malfunctions unnoticed for longer.
It produces an error report
On-screen error notifications can feel stressful when they occur, but they provide a considerable advantage. Error messages offer a troubleshooting clue to solve the issue. Tech-savvy individuals can safely navigate error messages and use the information to fix the problem. Most tech devices and solutions have an in-built troubleshooting mechanism. Have you seen êople doing the same thing in real life? Can you troubleshoot your depressive mood or your work-related anxiety?
It virtually doesn’t need a break
Emotional, mental, and physical fatigue encourages people to take frequent breaks to recharge their virtual batteries. A tech device, on the other hand, can carry on for as long as nothing impedes its functions. Once you’ve guaranteed access to power and a cooling system, your tech can keep on running for as long as you need it.
In short, we all know and understand why technology is, in the business world, a reliable asset. However, contrary to the common belief, technology doesn’t replace people. It serves an assistive function. Reliable technology still lacks essential human qualities, such as creativity. The constant fear of being replaced by robots is unfounded. Reliable technology enhances human roles within the business environment, by making sure workers can dedicate their time where it matters.