#TomorrowsIssues- Machines Vs Humans: Who Will Handle Waste Management Jobs?

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The advent of technology in today’s world has always been celebrated for the speed, efficiency and ease it brings into our daily activities.

Nevertheless, technology has its downsides too. Top on the list is that it leads to less value in human resources. This is because technology enhances existing procedures, exhibits better approaches to fulfill assignments and yield, than people in specific ventures; this saves costs for business owners. Why then should humans be depended on?

Case study: The United Kingdom on Waste Management
A new report by PwC presages that waste, water and sewage management teams could be replaced by an automated technology by 2030. A follow-up report also reveals that up to 30% of exiting UK jobs could be automated by 2030. Sectors well on the way to experience this change are waste management, manufacturing and transportation, all of which have a higher than 45% possibility of having parts mechanized. Coinciding with events, a UK-based company has agreed to supply fuel cells for drones used for supply chain inventory tracking in the logistics sector.

However, this transition is likely to foster job growth in new digital sectors of the economy and support the implementation of new technologies.

Notwithstanding, PwC highlights that while, not all of the sectoral jobs formerly stated are likely to be automated due to economic, legal and regulatory factors, the UK Government needs to stimulate human capital in these areas by enhancing education. Moreover, the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is likely to streamline approaches to waste management, which faces a 62% chance of becoming automated as these technologies develop.

In other words, human jobs are dependent on their ability to adapt to this fast-evolving technological world or risk losing to the machines.

The ripple effect of this decision by the UK Government will be enormous as it may set off a chain of events in the corporate world if the right education, vocational training and incentives are not provided for human workers in the affected sectors.

Source: https://www.edie.net/news/5/Are-waste-management-jobs-at-threat-from-automation-/

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