The Best Person For the Job Might Be A Robot?

Perhaps during this 2016 Presidential Election season you got so tired of the Political Correctness and name-calling (being called a racist) that you just decided to hell with it and voted for Donald Trump. Why do so many Americans feel this way? Maybe it is because the political correctness we are forced into isn’t real, it’s not what we deserve and we are just tired of it. Look as a former Franchisor CEO, all I ever wanted was the best person for the job – and I didn’t give a rats rear end if that was a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, young or old person. I didn’t care their religion or non-religious status – I just wanted to win. We were not in business to lose.

Now then, I also believe that the best person for the job, may not be the best person for a different job and vice-versa. Different folks have different gene expression, IQ levels, social skills, experiences, education, physical abilities, just a different types of athletes are better at Figure Skating than Snowboarding and these types of bodies are often quite different. I think this is the way of things, specialization, niches in the food chain, corporate hierarchy, small business realm, and professional services – that’s how nature works – why go against what works?

The best operating system to fly an unmanned aircraft will not be the same as the electronic chess champion, and the AI system used by executives in a decision making matrix won’t be similar to the one GM uses to make cars in the factory, so GM can pay the legacy costs of all the union retirees (ouch, sorry Michigan).

Sometimes the best person for the job is a computer software program, sometimes it is a better machine, and in the future for more and more companies it will be a robot. Not always, but when it is the decision has to be based on reality – real costs for employees and the cost of real depreciation, maintenance, installation and purchase of a robot. That is if the work human versus robot is equal in quality and time. Maybe a robot costs $200K, and you know it will be obsolete in 5-years to do a certain job – well, you can mathematically figure out if it is worth the money or if human labor is better and less expensive.

Yes, there will be times when the best person for the job is a robot, and as the future progresses, I bet the prices of robots come down, so the robots may indeed be the best option more of the time. Please consider all this and think on it.

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