How often have you witnessed media overload on news and information that dominated the headlines, but failed to materialize, were entirely false, or, at a minimum, inflated propaganda? Some examples of news that fall into the “not exactly” category:

  • Fears about a complete business shutdown with Y2K.
  • The presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • The CDC’s estimate of 1.4 million victims in 2013’s Ebola outbreak.

You can add another “not exactly” notion to the list of stories about concepts that are popular, but not likely to happen.

What is this false notion? Robots will eventually take over our jobs. Here is an example of the fears about a robot takeover that aired on National Public Radio this past August 31, 2015:

Read the Robot story here.

The reality is that robots have been doing things that humans do for quite a while. While some jobs have, indeed, been affected, other jobs have emerged.

The fact is that automated technology does perform some jobs better than people. However so, automated technology still needs guidance and strategic direction from intelligent users.

Our Foxtrot technology offers a vivid example of this Robot-technology that performs a particular job more accurately and considerably faster than a person.

Nevertheless, like any other technology, Foxtrot has to be directed and instructed to generate the particular results its users seek.

For example, Foxtrot can merge databases that cannot “talk” or work with one another because they operate on disparate platforms. Someone needs to guide Foxtrot to merge the databases and in what particular format and appearance they need to unite.

Foxtrot operates under human direction. The way in which Foxtrot—the robot—operates presents a more realistic picture of how Robotic Process Automation technology makes people’s jobs easier, more productive, and more gratifying.

Is the exaggerated notion that robots are taking over all of our jobs really true? “Not exactly.”