Tesla's Robots and Fire Department Automation
According to a recent Harvard Business Review
piece, Tesla's Fremont, California manufacturing facility was designed to be fully automated with little interaction from humans. The AI-powered robots were supposed to enable the company to achieve a weekly production of 5,000 Model 3 electric cars to keep up with Tesla's increasing demand. But it was discovered that the automation processes actually slowed down production, producing only 2,000 cars. Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO decided to revamp the factory, hire real humans, and start again. Now the company is producing up to goal levels using both robots and humans interacting to complete the demanded multiple processes.
The difference between life and death situations are being automated today. Fire and police departments nationwide are looking into the technology for dispatching emergency calls. The Reedy Creek Fire Department
, that covers Walt Disney World, recently implemented RPA to dispatch its calls. A human takes the emergency call and then feeds the information into the system that uses a robotic voice to dispatch a fire engine or rescue to the emergency. The automated system, known as Tommy D
, will send out the call to the appropriate fire station with all pertinent details and keep all time and other records of the call. Jobs were not replaced, but enhanced. The same is true with many hourly worker functions. Embracing the Future
Automation is still in the pilot stage for many industries and particularly for hourly worker positions. Fear is typically the result of the unknown. Rightfully so, some question, "Will RPA take my blue collar job away? Is management out to replace me with a Jetsons character?" But history has shown that RPA has improved efficiency while maintaining employment for hourly workers. Pharmacies have implemented RPA to insure patient safety, and pharmacists are still employed. Paralegals and attorneys have automated many of their systems and still have jobs. So do journalists, bankers, insurance agents, and stock brokers. RPA is here to stay providing competitive advantages for those daring business leaders willing to take the leap to automation. The successful horse and buggy manufacturers adapted to the future and so did Atari workers. RPA isn't the devil and blue collar workers won't have to wait in bread lines.