South Korea is Too Eager to be Dominated by Robots. But Why?
South Korean factories are forced to use robots in their factories for a strange reason!
Traditional jobs are being taken over by digital workers or robots in the age of digital transformation, and this change is occurring across various sectors and industries, regardless of whether the job requires any level of technical skills or knowledge. With the advancement of artificial intelligence and other technologies, even professions that are traditionally controlled by humans, such as those in charge of recruitment and hiring, will be automated as technology takes over most industries. Recently, the Serious Disasters Punishment Act went into effect in South Korea. According to the new regulation, if workers die or suffer serious injuries on the job, courts may fine or imprison the CEO, along with other high-ranking executives.
South Korea’s increased investment in robots
According to a report this event has prompted an increase in investment in robots in the country. Throughout our history, we’ve always had to find ways to stay ahead. The next step in that process is automation. The law is a huge issue in business right now. Fortunately, the executives claim that they were already on the verge of automation, so they were prepared when the law came. The new law has compelled businesses to look for ways to employ fewer people if any at all. Companies are moving to reduce human labor. There’s also apprehension about taking on high-risk projects.
A significant step forward for workers’ rights
The law was initially hailed as a significant advance for workers’ rights. Companies, primarily manufacturers and construction firms, argued against it, claiming that criminalizing senior executives for on-the-ground practices is unjust and that the law is too vaguely worded, creating uncertainty about what exactly constitutes culpability and how to avoid it. For a country with such strong technological capabilities, South Korea is infamous for the lack of safety in its industries. According to Lee Joon-won, a system safety expert at Soongsil University in Seoul repeated, basic safety mishaps are a significant blemish on a country with a per capita GDP of about US$30,000. Businesses must operate safely even if it’s natural for them to want profit. The government has now intervened, promising to assist businesses in raising their safety requirements.
In response, the Ministry of Employment and Labor stated that what is more important than buying new equipment is for companies to recognize the importance of securing safety, preventing industrial accidents, and thus establish and implement a safety and health management system. The state has a fundamental obligation to safeguard the safety and lives of its citizens. Will the government succeed in achieving its ambitious aim, or will robots eventually replace all human workers? It’s a fairly uncomfortable scenario since the stakes are so high and so many people’s livelihoods are at risk. The development will be seen over time.