Today, the U.S. went beyond three million COVID-19 cases and 132,000 deaths. In a number of states, brand-new hotspots have actually rolled back plans to reopen services. The novel coronavirus has– and will continue– to profoundly impact the way we live and work.

For the moment, that includes a shift in the employment status of numerous Americans. More than 50 million individuals have applied for unemployment since mid-March. And while lots of states have actually made efforts to reopen organisations and return some sense of normality, these relocations have led to a spike in cases and might prolong the pandemic and its continuous economic impact.

Technology has been a lifeline for numerous, from food delivery to the 3D printing I highlighted last week, which has worked to deal with a nation suffering from individual protective equipment scarcities. Automation and robotics have actually also been a consistent in conversations around tech’s battle versus COVID-19.

Robots don’t get ill, tired or emotionally burnt out, and unlike us, they aren’t strolling, talking disease vectors. Automation supporters like to point to the “3 Ds” of dull, dangerous and filthy jobs that will eventually be changed by a robotic workforce, but in the age of COVID-19, almost any essential job certifies.

The robotic intrusion has actually currently started in earnest. The service, shipment, health care and sanitation markets in specific have all opened a massive gap over the past numerous months that automation has actually been more than delighted to roll right through. A current report from The Brookings Institute notes that automation arrives in the workforce in fits and begins– most especially, throughout times of economic slump.

“Robots’ seepage of the labor force doesn’t take place at a stable, gradual speed. Instead, automation takes place in bursts, focused especially in bad times such as in the wake of financial shocks, when people become reasonably more costly as companies’ incomes quickly decrease,” the research study found. “At these moments, employers shed less-skilled employees and replace them with innovation and higher-skilled employees, which increases labor performance as an economic crisis reduces.”

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.