There are plenty of reasons why a lot of people are getting laid off; one of them is strongly connected to the financial and the economic crisis we are all going through. The lack of money, the wage cutting and the need to save money have all lead to decreased sales; companies no longer need to manufacture the same amount of products and therefore they can dispose of plenty of personnel. Other reasons refer to the insertion of high-tech devices that are well able to replace the human work force.
Will Computers Take Over Soon?
There are plenty of people who fear our unlimited desire to constantly improve every practical aspect of our lives by inventing new, savvy, high technologies can and will eventually lead to a disaster. They imagine robots and highly efficient automated machines will take over and replace factory workers; and why shouldn’t they? Robots will definitely not require any long coffee breaks, only a permanent maintenance process. They will not go on strikes because they will not be paid for their jobs. They will not feel abused at their work place because they will not have feelings. Their efficiency levels will never decrease, except for the case of malfunctioning. And the list can go on.
A recent news story covered a really interesting topic: a clever company called Columbia Sportswear Omni-Freeze has invented a top-notch technology that is able to produce clothing which can lower human body temperatures. As you can see, nothing seems to be impossible anymore, so is there any field where humans will always be needed or is it all a matter of time before all of our skills will be nicely replaced by shiny computers?
Proofreading and “Real” Humans
Proofreading is and will continue to be a human-based activity. Despite the existence of plenty of proofreading software programs that promise to offer 100% accurate end-results, practice shows something different. Lucky for us, most word processors that come equipped with grammar and spelling checkers are highly limited. In other words, they cannot possibly offer their users the results they need to see. They might have a great user-friendly interface and some nice and simple features to work with, but they do not replace the work of a “real” person. They cannot make the correct distinction between words that sound the same, they cannot offer clients the support they need with the correction of their grammar mistakes (besides the gross mistakes) and the list can go on.
Moreover, proofreading that is being automatically executed by word processors does not usually provide users with the suggestions they so often need whenever they detect a phrase that sounds a little off. They solely highlight or mention the respective phrase or sentence and leave it unattended. Users are the ones who need to analyze the phrase again and maybe think of a different way of expressing their ideas.
Human proofreaders completely eradicate this issue, as they are able to prove through their creativity skills and offer clients the best variations for their text, besides the obvious spelling and grammar correcting abilities they are obliged to show full use of.