Veliswa Boya, senior developer advocate

Friday 26 January 1.00 pm COURSE FEE R110; Staff and students R55

Meshing cobots (collaborative robots) with human teams by having robots work alongside humans can bring automation to traditionally manual labour intensive tasks. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, automation technologies which are in the form of robots present developing economies with trade-offs between productivity gains and adverse employment impacts. With all of this said, in order to work alongside humans, robots need to understand the context of the job the person is undertaking. Is there a world where robots could sufficiently understand this context enough, and do the job better than humans, ultimately taking over from humans completely?

Recommended reading

David, H., Mindell, D.A., Reynolds, E. and Solow, R.M. 2022. The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines. The MIT Press.

Ivezic, M. and Ivezic, L. 2020. The Future of Leadership in the Age of AI: Preparing Your Leadership Skills for the AI-Shaped Future of Work. (ebook)