It is a fear people have had from the beginning of the technology boom. Actually, it probably started at the beginning of the industrial revolution. People fear that workers will be replaced by machinery and technology. Now, one professor is predicting that rapid advancement in technology will, within a couple of years, eliminate the need for some workers and leave the traditional workplace looking for different.

This topic was inspired by an article found on The Gleaner titled, “In a few years, ICT will render workers, workplace obsolete.” Professor Anthony Clayton of the Institute of Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies believes that Jamaica should take advantage of this situation and focus its resources on developing the infrastructure of information technology to expose the opportunities that lie within.

Technology is advancing and improving, but it will never completely eliminate the need for human beings. We just spoke a few days ago about the importance of the human connection in our work.

Melody K. Smith

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