Gen AI’s rapid progress in the manufacturing industry is not only affecting white-collar jobs but also threatening blue-collar positions, as automation and digital twins change the nature of work.
Gen AI’s Impact on Blue-Collar Jobs
Generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) is rapidly transforming industries and not just threatening white-collar jobs.
Manufacturing Industry at Risk
Gen AI’s swift advancement is affecting the manufacturing industry through automation and changing operational processes.
Automation, predictive maintenance, and quality control are revolutionizing manufacturing operations.
Replacing Tasks With Technology
Smart transport robots and automated guided vehicles have started to replace tasks handled by humans.
Complex Operations and Gen AI
Gen AI is capable of managing more complex operations currently performed by humans.
The Rise of Digital Twins
Gen AI models act as digital twins for production lines and plants.
Simulation Without Interruption
These digital twins can run simulations without the need to halt operations or operate expensive pilot plants.
Impact on Blue-Collar Jobs
Gen AI’s expansion into computer vision and multimodal capabilities threatens blue-collar jobs.
Capturing Knowledge and Expertise
Digital supervisor twins could capture the knowledge and expertise of experienced workers, reducing the need for multiple employees.
Quality Assurance Jobs
AI-powered quality tools can monitor and optimize production yield, reducing the necessity for quality assurance jobs.
Potential for Massive Job Displacement
Gen AI’s advancements could put hundreds of millions of jobs worldwide at risk due to automation.
Early Adoption in Manufacturing
Manufacturing firms are among the early adopters of AI technology.
Addressing Labor Shortages
AI can be a tool to address labor shortages, helping industries combat workforce challenges.
Labor Unions and AI
As labor unions representing blue-collar workers recognize AI’s impact, it may become a key point in contract negotiations.
Lessons from Hollywood Strikes
AI’s influence in labor negotiations could resemble Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strikes.
A Shifting Landscape
AI’s dual role as a threat to jobs and a solution for labor shortages is changing the employment landscape.
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