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It was a sunny afternoon on Saturday when I met a cute little girl, named Jyoti on the streets of DN Nagar, Mumbai. She was wearing a simple salwar suit and had tied her hair properly and the nose ring went well with the look. She was busy selling pens and then she saw me and asked me to buy one. I was busy on a call and I avoided her, I immediately turned behind and looked at her for a while and made a move to offer her INR 10 instead. She took the money but insisted me to take the pen as well and when I didn’t agree to take one she still insisted. Well, that was something that just attracted me more towards the kid, she was genuine.
I then thought of talking more with her and then I got her some food from an outlet at the metro station. While I was getting the food she asked me if she can have a pepsi too and I got her one. This made me think of the desires each kid has and what it feels like when you can’t afford it! We talked about her life and routine and she opened up about the struggles she faces. Jyoti starts her day without having breakfast and rushes to the signal to sell the pens till late afternoon and she skips her lunch too as she has to achieve her target of INR 200 a day.
Jyoti was passionate about education and she also got into DN Nagar municipal school but she left the school because boys sexually harassed her.
She said, “Boys used to harass me a lot in the school and that’s why me and mother decided that I should stop going to school from now.”
Is India really working on issues related to women? Is feminism an overstatement? Is #MeToo a joke? A girl is getting molested in a school in a metro city, Mumbai and nothing has been done with regards to it. How careless is the school authority! It’s a matter of concern and none is speaking about it.
The story doesn’t end here, Jyoti then tried to get the education at Jalgaon, her native place but the post-traumatic stress disorder haunted her. She now thinks of getting some education but can’t afford to do that considering her financial situation.
She said, “If I will go to school then who will earn?” She lost her father at an early age and her mother is a trash picker.
I am still wondering the amount of pressure she has to live with but she smiles off! There are many such Jyotis here in the world, I just narrated one of the stories. There are many who are getting molested and harassed daily. If we don’t change, we might get a future that is worse than this is.
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When a person fails, forgive—especially if that person is you.
We can always think of ourselves as people capable of doing something. Of something that we
believe can makes ourselves think that we are not lesser individuals. We help ourselves in achieving
goals through pursuing, working every day to accomplish things.
But, somehow along that process, things just seem to be abrupt.
We suddenly wake up from the dreams that we once have—and suddenly, as we take every
step, there seems to be a pebble in our shoe. We trip over as we try to reach the end of the road.
And don’t you agree that it makes us feel confused?
You therefore start to question. Questions about how good you are, questions about how good
you must be; so that, as those pebbles trip you up, no one will mistake you as a shadow on the wall.
Doesn’t it confuse you as to why people look at you at that range of blackness, despite the fact
that you were hoping that they can see the light that you are shedding?
One thing we can say here is: it’s not your fault.
It’s not your fault that you were born in a world where failures happen. It’s not your fault that
you have come to a point that you cannot accomplish things that they are asking you to do. It’s not your
fault that you still try to be kind no matter how horrible they treat you.
It’s okay to be afraid, for it is the threshold if courage will color through your life. It’s that same
amount of color that will say: that is you. In a more personalized sense, this is me.
To our dear reader, let your kindness shine.
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We are living in the times where the soda you drank on that particularly hot afternoon was never touched by human hands from it’s manufacturing to packaging and that canned food sitting in your kitchen shelf was all cooked, pasteurized and canned by an automated assembly line with nonexistent human involvement. It’s not uncommon to observe that what once was a task for hundreds of people is being done by an automated robot. What was once an opportunity for hundreds of people to earn money has been replaced by machinery. But is this all that has been happening or is there more than meets the eye?
With more and more industries opting for automated manufacturing process thanks to more efficiency and precision over manual labor, one can argue that soon there will be no job opportunities for humans anymore and robotics will take over. According to World Economic Forum (WEF), over 75 million jobs will be displaced over the decade globally thanks to automation replacing manual labor.
With the breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI), not only low-skill repetitive jobs are on risk but even those which require moderate skill and some degree of dynamicity. This is especially true in industries like manufacturing, transportation, wholesale and retail, with the biggest impact on workers with the only minimal level of education. While industries like education and medical are least threatened due to a high proportion of tasks not easy to be automated.
But if we look it at from a broader perspective, hasn’t this happened already? A phenomenon called the Industrial Revolution that occurred in the 1760s. The transition to new manufacturing processes from hand production methods to machines, which resulted in the formation of the world as we know it today. It increased the standard of living of the general population consistently for the first time in history. The intelligence of the human mind was giving more value than their mindless laboring as any other animal.
Isn’t it safe to state that same will happen again? If we have to learn from the history of inventions, a breakthrough in technology can create twice as many job opportunities as it really eliminates. If we take the current scenario into consideration, the rise of the robot economy. As long as we spread the potential gains from this across the society and no one is left behind, this will create more opportunities for people in the robotics and automation industry than it destroys in low-skill jobs.
As long as we as an Individual, Government or Industry take advantage of the situation, we will certainly be able to create a new future of good work for all.
Jon Andrews, the head of technology and investments at PwC, said:
“There’s no doubt that AI and robotics will rebalance what jobs look like in the future, and that some are more susceptible than others.
What’s important is making sure that the potential gains from automation are shared more widely across society and no one gets left behind. Responsible employers need to ensure they encourage flexibility and adaptability in their people so we are all ready for the change.
In the future, knowledge will be a commodity so we need to shift our thinking on how we skill and upskill future generations. Creative and critical thinking will be highly valued, as will emotional intelligence.”