Robots taking over human jobs seems the be the future norm. Probably, but you won't see the Rise of the Machines happening here!
Remember that time we wrote about humans facing grim prospects of getting a job in the future? Well, despite the fact this theory remains a highly likely scenario, there is someone playing the game against all odds.
Mercedes has recently bade farewell to some high-tech, advanced machines only to welcome back good ol' human workforce. According to a Bloomberg report, Mercedes is firing robots, replacing them with "smaller, more flexible machines" and humans.
The reason behind such a puzzling decision is quite simple. One would expect automatization is something a gigantic carmaker (such as Mercedes that produces over 400,000 vehicles per year) would embrace gladly, but the thing is the robots can be programmed to repeatedly perform certain tasks more reliably, precisely and faster than a human ever could, but they don't ''know'' the first thing about imagination, adapting and versatility.
We live in an age, where individualization and customization (uniqueness even) dictate the value of things. Car industry is no different - the demand for a broader offering of models with more and more features is on the rise, and a smart entrepreneur understands well the economics of 'supply and demand'. The problem with robots is that it just takes too much time to adjust and re-programme them in order to manufacture just a slightly different product.
However, don't get too excited just yet. The doomsday, when half of current jobs become fully automated, is still upon us. On the other hand, as machines only do what they're programmed to do, humans still have the advantage of creative thinking and imagination.