The many faces of the robot revolution

It’s one of the hottest topics in these recent years whether robots will destroy millions of jobs and replace humans, bringing a catastrophic crisis of unemployment, or have a positive impact than we ever thought.

For SCB, as we’re always curious about tech banking and perceive that robots wouldn't come to replace humans, but instead, increase and upgrade essential skills for us. Why? Let’s explore the past of robots and understand the future together with us!

The robot is defined as, “a machine, especially one programmable by a computer, capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.”

We might already have the robotic image in our mind due to the experience and the image of robot we have seen. From BB-8 and See-Threepio in Star Wars, Honda’s Asimo to the robot in our house, the robotic vacuum cleaner.

But the 1st stage of the robot might surprise you a bit. It begins with the Egyptians’ “water clock,” Ancient Robots during the 1500 B.C. that used to measure time from water falling through it and then strike the hour bells.

While the first industrial robot, the Unimate, was invented by an American inventor George Devol that was conceived from a design for a mechanical arm patented in 1954 and then revolutionized manufacturing the world over and becoming the evolution of robotics’ first move.

Then in the 1970s and 1980s, Shaky, the first general-purpose mobile robot able to reason based on its own actions, was born. Follow along with the Stanford Arm and Puma350, the first medical robot to be used in surgery. Come after that, there came one of the legendary robots that were a part of the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997. And many more during the 2000s.

As for now in 2022, how the robot looks like in the future in your perception?

With the robot that now has developed the intelligence by the well-known software, AI (artificial intelligence), making robot doesn’t only perform the labor-saving tasks or the easy mission controlled by humans, but its intelligence is more likely to be close or beyond humans’.

It will free up our routine work and the extremely hard one until we can focus more on creating the new effective task. One of its impact on the revolution is that it re-shapes the skills needed in the work market. Apparently not here to kill our jobs, but instead, give us new ones from we, humans and robots will work together.

According to Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum, it forecasts the demands of skill sets by 2022 which significantly get the impact from the new technologies, changing our way of life to our career.


  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Creativity, originality, and initiative
  • Technology design and programming
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation

The new roles that will occur due to technology and skills needed are, for example, data analysts and scientists, AI and machine learning specialists, big data specialists, digital transformation specialists, new technology specialists, information technology services, innovation professionals, information security analysts, user experience and human-machine interaction designers.

From this, you can see that many roles will take place to create many more positive impacts and opportunities for workers. And yes, it’s true that many jobs will be displaced, but many more to be born and wait for us to fulfill. So, don’t hesitate to learn and update your skills to prepare yourself for the higher career ladder.

Because we now live in the world towards future that the reskill is imperative. Let’s find your path since now and be ahead of a future that is just around the corner!