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Robot waiters: How AI will steal human jobs, even in Pakistan

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The negative influence of technology has already been started to make around in human lives despite advancements are being made.

An eatery in Multan turned recently in the spotlight not due to the food’s taste, but rather for using robot waiters, being thus the first restaurant which introduced such a method of serving meal in Pakistan. Syed Aziz Ahmed Jafari, the owner of the fast food eatery, has drawn attention to him after he presented this idea in his eatery.

Syed’s child, Osama Aziz, an electrical designing graduate, initially thought of utilizing robot waiters. With the introduction of robot waiters, the restaurant reached the spotlights in Multan.

“Indeed, even individuals from different urban areas are coming to investigate the robot and get served by it”, said the eatery’s owner.

While it might be something new in Pakistan, numerous Chinese and American eateries began replacing waiters with robots since 2006. Despite the fact that initially some of them demonstrated to be very inept, the robots however evolved over time, and more eateries introduced them for serving meals.

With Osama’s presentation of robots as waiters in Pakistan, it is more probable that numerous others in the nation will adopt this trend. The idea of using robots as waiters is an intriguing one, and one that surely draws in more clients who want to discover this innovation, particularly kids who adore receiving their meals from robots.

Besides curiosity and amusement, there is a disadvantage to this idea, whose impacts we may just find in the future, just like in China and other different nations.

Numerous human waiters have gone jobless after restaurants introduced robots as waiters. The cost of a robot is a one-time cost for the restaurant’s owner and is equivalent to the waiter’s salary¬†for a few months.

Also, the development of artificial intelligence (AI) more and more restaurant owner will be attracted to choose robots and to reduce the enormous costs of utilizing people as waiters.

Given that AI is getting more evolved and incorporates human-like knowledge, each progression forward by AI puts many employments in danger of being replaced by machines.

Kai-Fu Lee, a persuasive technologist from China who already headed Google China and is the founder of investment firm Sinovation Ventures, said that robots will likely replace 50 percent of all employers in the next decade.

In this context, people now call for new laws to protect people from being replaced by robots. Gerlind Wisskirchen, specialist lawyer in the area of labor and employment law with a special focus on advising international corporations, said that current laws addressing to human employers and their well being will quickly become obsolete and should be changed in order to incorporate human employment security from the AI and mechanical over-take.

Although the pace at which robots can replace people in the workplace can be moderate, especially in an underdeveloped country such as Pakistan, it is inevitable. Consequently, it is important to know the laws that protect people’s jobs so they will not be stolen by AI.

Taabish Khalani

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