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Robotic Process Automation (RPA): How to persuade skeptics

IT automation and business automation aren’t quite the same thing, but they produce a common side effect in their initial phases: They freak people out.

It’s understandable. If you tell someone that you’re going to automate a lot of the work that they do today, they think that means they’ll be out of a job tomorrow, or soon thereafter.

It certainly changed and even eliminated jobs, but it created many more opportunities: McKinsey estimates that the PC has enabled the creation of 15.8 million jobs in the U.S. since 1980.

(There aren’t even any actual robots involved.) RPA is ultimately about using software to automate repetitive, high-volume processes that would have once required a human effort.

RPA resides under the big tent of automation and AI, and while that means it offers powerful possibilities, it can also produce the aforementioned fear factor. You should be prepared to do some evangelizing.

Instead of spending hours completing manual repetitive tasks, team members can leverage RPA to focus on cerebral work that requires human ingenuity and creativity,” explains Sam Bobley, co-founder and CEO of Ocrolus.

“This is especially true with RPA due to the fear of job loss and overall labor arbitrage.” Consider these four customizable strategies for following this advice: One way to mitigate the fear factor: Focus less on the technology inspiring that fear and more on the actual day-to-day challenges it can solve.

“Beginning with the problem gets your audience saying ‘yes, you understand me.’ At this point, you can baby-step into how RPA has been used in similar situations to address exactly these issues, but focus on the outcomes and impact, not on RPA [itself].”

While it’s true that RPA done right can lead to productivity and efficiency gains, “productivity and efficiency gains” may sound like corporate-speak for downsizing or other outcomes that people think of as negative.

If you as an IT leader are the only one doing the work of evangelism, it might not be as powerful as if there were other credible folks – including people from outside the company – doing it for you.

Capitalist crisis: Wealth extremes, robotics, and artificial intelligence bring economic disruption

This is part 3 of the full main report, “Unity to save people and planet;

We, along with our families and communities face fear and insecurity, battered by austerity, 40 years of wage stagnation, deindustrialization, union-busting, and the growth of low-wage service jobs, without benefits and retirement security. Wealth

Job growth was supposed to be a cure-all to stop the wealth gap from worsening, but new research suggests that impoverished Americans are getting left out even when their communities enjoy hiring booms.

An ACLU study shows “by 2031, white household wealth will be 31% below what it would’ve been had the recession never happened.

are working harder and are more productive, but household debt is 21% higher than it was in 2013 following the Great Recession, due to auto loan debt, the $1.5 trillion student loan burden, mortgages, and credit card debt. Gig

Approximately 40% of the workforce is composed of contingent workers, i.e., temp agencies, on-call, contract workers, independent contractors, self-employed, and involuntary part-time (6.6 million). Poverty

Communist Party USA demands a national guaranteed living wage, massive construction of publicly- and cooperatively-owned affordable housing and federal rent protection laws. Health

conditions are rooted in much deeper systemic processes taking place in global capitalism resulting in a crisis of wealth extremes, imbalances, instability, and crisis nodes. Concentrated

Wealth accumulation is exceeding economic growth and in the long term will lead to growing instability, the erosion of capitalist democracy, and economic insecurity. At

least 60 of the nation’s biggest corporations paid no federal income taxes in 2018 on a collective $79 billion in profits, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says. Besides,

scientific and technological revolution has facilitated capitalist globalization and massive increases in productivity while causing economic dislocation and crises of under-consumption. It

trade agreements, shifting transnational corporate investments, and outsourcing to global low-wage zones have harshly impacted U.S. manufacturing employment and devasted working-class communities and entire regions. However,

in danger: A 2019 Brookings Institution report says roughly 36 million Americans hold jobs with “high exposure” to automation, meaning about 70 percent of their work tasks could soon be performed by machines using current technology.

these forecasts are accurate, automation will create economic dislocation, disruption, and loss of jobs on an enormous scale, including 5.1 million over the next five years. Transportation,

In the past, technological advances have also given rise to new industries, created millions of new jobs, and changed the composition of the workforce. What’s

this is a crisis for capitalism, automation creates the material conditions and abundance for socialism and allows society to deal with disruptions without placing any burdens on the working class. A

green transition with large-scale infrastructure works and the reorganization of production is necessary to address the crises of climate change, wealth inequality, and automation and AI. The

To realize it will require a massive wealth redistribution, including funding a transition wage, free education, and healthcare, a shorter work week with substantial wage increases, sizeable public investment, and a massive transfer of funds from the military budget. But

We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” – U.S Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis Trump and the GOP trumpet what they claim is a record economic expansion creating a historically low unemployment rate.

We, along with our families and communities face fear and insecurity, battered by austerity, 40 years of wage stagnation, deindustrialization, union-busting, and the growth of low-wage service jobs, without benefits and retirement security.

An ACLU study shows “by 2031, white household wealth will be 31% below what it would’ve been had the recession never happened.

For black households, wealth will be 40% lower.” Millions live by a thread, many working two or three jobs to put food on the table and a roof overhead.

Workers are working harder and are more productive, but household debt is 21% higher than it was in 2013 following the Great Recession, due to auto loan debt, the $1.5 trillion student loan burden, mortgages, and credit card debt.

Approximately 40% of the workforce is composed of contingent workers, i.e., temp agencies, on-call, contract workers, independent contractors, self-employed, and involuntary part-time (6.6 million).

The Communist Party USA demands a national guaranteed living wage, massive construction of publicly- and cooperatively-owned affordable housing and federal rent protection laws.

African-American, Native American, and Alaskan Native women suffer three times the maternal death rates as white women, reflecting institutionalized racism and sexism.

The rich get much, much richer These conditions are rooted in much deeper systemic processes taking place in global capitalism resulting in a crisis of wealth extremes, imbalances, instability, and crisis nodes.

As economist Thomas Piketty says, “the rise of the top 1% mirrors the fall of the bottom 50%.” Monopolization, or the formation of oligopolies, and extreme wealth concentration are accelerating.

Wealth accumulation is exceeding economic growth and in the long term will lead to growing instability, the erosion of capitalist democracy, and economic insecurity.

At least 60 of the nation’s biggest corporations paid no federal income taxes in 2018 on a collective $79 billion in profits, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says.

feature of capitalism is the constant revolutionizing of the means of production and the introduction of new technology, resulting in economic and social disruption.

The scientific and technological revolution has facilitated capitalist globalization and massive increases in productivity while causing economic dislocation and crises of under-consumption.

Unjust trade agreements, shifting transnational corporate investments, and outsourcing to global low-wage zones have harshly impacted U.S. manufacturing employment and devasted working-class communities and entire regions.

One study found “the vast majority of the lost jobs—88%—were taken by robots and other homegrown factors that reduce…labor.” The Obama administration projected 47% of all jobs in the U.S. would be at risk of elimination due to automation by 2025.

If these forecasts are accurate, automation will create economic dislocation, disruption, and loss of jobs on an enormous scale, including 5.1 million over the next five years.

In the past, technological advances have also given rise to new industries, created millions of new jobs, and changed the composition of the workforce.

While this is a crisis for capitalism, automation creates the material conditions and abundance for socialism and allows society to deal with disruptions without placing any burdens on the working class.

green transition with large-scale infrastructure works and the reorganization of production is necessary to address the crises of climate change, wealth inequality, and automation and AI.

To realize it will require a massive wealth redistribution, including funding a transition wage, free education, and healthcare, a shorter work week with substantial wage increases, sizeable public investment, and a massive transfer of funds from the military budget.

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