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Work and the Workplace Essay
What does the future hold?
Technological innovations are often applauded for providing social progress, yet some warn of larger social consequences that could negatively affect humans in the near term for more distant future. Will the impending use of robots as car drivers, delivery services, restaurant workers, pharmacists, attorneys, journalists, bankers, or other positions (both blue-collar or white-collar) offer a negative future with increased joblessness and other issues, or a positive future of growth and new opportunities?
Read the following articles (and the links to the various professions above):
Find 3 additional research articles about a job for which robots may or already have replaced humans in the Library Research Database. I recommend starting with EBSCOhost. Note: a research article is from a peer-reviewed journal. A research article is not a news story, general information from the internet, a book, or personal opinion (such as a blog). A research article is a primary source (your text is a secondary source). If you have any questions make sure you ask them before turning in your project. (ILL PROVIDE LINK AFTER THE BID)
HINT: Think about what you have read this semester – from the Industrial Revolution to the current technological transformation of society (or maybe even earlier than the Industrial Revolution.
Write a 3-5 page paper which considers the positive and/or negative impact of the use of robots instead of humans in the workplace.
Some suggested questions to consider:
Will robots take away human jobs and leave nothing for us to so, or will new careers open up because of new technology?
How will the work environment change if people are replaced by robots?
What do you find most exciting or unsettling about the growing use of technology in society and the workplace?
Consider how technological development in the distant and not-so-distant past has impacted workers and society.
Which jobs do you think are most at risk? How might people who are currently employed in those field find new work?
How will societal changes, such as the innovations noted above, impact you individually, your workplace, your career field, and society overall?
How do you think technology will impact jobs in the future, and what steps may you need to take to adjust to these changes?
What kinds of ongoing training and skill development might you need in your chosen career path to keep up with technological innovations?
Debate the social impacts of work and technology past, present, and future.
These are only suggestions to help you think about and start to frame your paper. Do not submit answers to each of these questions. Use materials from throughout the semester to help you.
4. Formatting the paper:
Arial font, size 11, double-spaced, 1” margins all around. No additional spaces after each paragraph.
Reference page does not count toward page count. You MUST have a page of references.
Do not quote from your sources; instead, paraphrase and cite (with page number).
I stop reading at the end of page 5. I will not read a paper that is less than 3 pages (that means 2 ½ pages does not count as 3 pages).
ASA or APA style citations.
5. Your paper will automatically be run through SafeAssign to assess plagiarism. Excessive similarity, intentional or not, may result in academic penalty and additional student conduct action.
What does the future hold?
Technological innovations are often applauded for providing social progress, yet some warn of larger social consequences that could negatively affect humans in the near term for more distant future.