No question, employers are increasingly turning to robots to perform work that humans used to do. Automation is pervading food preparation, farming and transportation, often putting humans out of work. But when it comes to desk jobs, can robots compete? Absolutely not, avers Amy LaViers, a movement analyst and director of the Robotics, Automation and Dance Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a brief but fascinating article for Aeon. According to LaViers, even the lowliest desk clerk does things every day that robots can only dream of – if robots could dream.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why robots can’t perform many basic tasks required in desk jobs,
- What mistakes roboticists make when they think about human movement and
- Which seemingly simple movement tasks would stymie any robot.
About the Author
Amy LaViers is a certified movement analyst and director of the Robotics, Automation and Dance Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.