First it was the robots in manufacturing, now it seems its getting to engineers. At what point will it be we just let the tech do it all? People need work. Robots and computers don't. They don't have families and bills to pay.
I understand your concerns, Cadman-LT, but it sounds like this software is meant to supplement the work of engineers, not replace them. But maybe I am misunderstanding. Perhaps Cabe can weigh in and explain.
"I understand your concerns, Cadman-LT, but it sounds like this software is meant to supplement the work of engineers, not replace them. But maybe I am misunderstanding. Perhaps Cabe can weigh in and explain."
You are right Elizabeth. All such programs/software can ease the workload of programmers. In past also similar concerns are there, when PC & software was introduced to the market. But in real scenario it only created more employment opportunities.
I agree Cadman-LT. These programs will one day lead to reduction in job opportunities. A few examples are already present in our daily lives. The Travel Agents, Video Store owners, CD retailers, Tollbooth Collectors and many other such jobs are completely wiped out by computers. The technology will only get better and cheaper in the future, so the fear is justified.
Elizabeth. I think completely replacing the engineers is not possible. No matter how intelligent software might be, it cannot be as creative as us. The software might be able to do the same tasks as engineers, even in less time, but it can't make new software, it can't generate new and unique ideas. It can't instinctively respond to changing circumstances by thinking out of the box.
"But in real scenario it only created more employment opportunities."
It did create more employment opportunities but those jobs were more intellectual and demanding. The people who usually suffer are the middle ones. The firms try to switch to software alternatives for these middle men, which saves them time and money. When software can do the same work you do with more perfection and less time, everyone would go for the software. Don't you think it would be quite ironic if one day Software replaced Software Engineers?
Yes, you make a good point, a.saji. Sometimes technological advances end up picking off the low-hanging fruit of an organization in terms of its workforce, and that's just the way it goes. Sometimes a company can be leaner and cut employees whose jobs aren't really worth the amount of salary they are being paid, and while it's unfortunate that someone would lose their job, it may be better for the organization. Applying technology can sometimes show where the weak spots are. (I think this was your point, but forgive me if I am wrong!)
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