Therevolutionary process of manual work towards knowledge labor is anextensive journey taking many years. In the past century, the manuallabor and physical accomplishment of a task without the reliance of amachine or the current robots were a normal way of life. With timepeople invented new machines, they created workflow designs thatrendered the machines meaningless. Most of the work done was nowautomated, and the manual processes of accomplishing tasks was athing of the past. Furthermore, not only did the manual processesend, but also the work integration of the workers and the end productalso changed. With time, there were new work relations, new themes toapproach a task, new work ethics, and the overall work now relies onvarious inputs that range from human to automated machine inputs.Presently, the modern world presents the workers with varied optionsthat lead them to learn more knowledge to help solve the dynamicglobal problems (Machinesof Loving Grace, 254).With the increasing changes within the work structures around theworld, there has been the rapid development of robots to help humanbeings perform tasks ranging from simple assistive tasks to the verycomplex tasks that are hazardous to the human being (Machinesof Loving Grace, 249).However, the underlying fact remains that human beings will neverstop at innovation, and hence, each possesses a unique skill settowards work and the set ethics.
Toexplore more on the topic, the movie Robots 2005 presents aparticular set of characters that can well exemplify the variousapproaches that people have while tackling an apparent challenge inthe society. Despite the characters in the movie being robotic inphysical appearance, they possess all human capabilities within theirright. More so, their approach to solving problems is a pivotalexplanatory to learn more of the human behavior towards ethics andwork relations.
RodneyCopperbottom was born in a happily married, working class robot’sfamily. After twelve hours of assembly, which are apparently longhours that indicate labor of love, the birth of Rodney is complete(Bar-Cohen,64).The family that raises Rodney lacks material wealth as it is evidentfrom the way he was brought up.Hehad embarrassing moments from using pass-down spare parts at schoolfor a full year. Despite the challenges of growing up with such afamily, Rodney appreciates the challenges and aims to capitalize onthe challenges to find solutions (Banks,100).Such approaches within the human beings exist only with the problemsolvers who do not necessarily see the challenge part of life,buttheir vision and mid explore all solutions that can possiblyeliminate the clear challenge. Rodney is mostly innovative, and hisskills set to send him to a particular Robot City where he canadvance his skills and learn of ways to make the lives of his fellowrobots, in this case, humans better. His subtle approach towards theexisting problems involves a whole sum consideration of all thefactors available. With the available resources, Rodney is sure toconvert the challenges within his society to a benefit where everymember can now live happily with no troubles. However, he isinsensitive and unaware of the dangers lurking in his way as not allpeople would rather solve the problems his way. Amid seeking toaccomplish his dreams, the young kid seeks to solidify thefriendships he encounters through the way he increases his love andsupport for the family, and above all, he overcomes theinsurmountable odds to achieve his dreams (Banks,129).In the end, his approachupholdwork ethics despite others in the same playing fields ignoring theethical approach towards the accomplishment of tasks such as thedevious Ratchet. The effectiveness of Rodney’s appreciation of newwaystosolve the existing problems exposes the viewerstowardsa new concept of self-reinforcement, raising one’s self-esteem, andoffering unconditional love to the team working to achieve a similargoal (Reamer,35).
Anothercrucial character in the movie is Phineas T. Ratchet. Thepersonalities of Ratchet include being greedy, self-centered, andbeing arrogant. Shop Class as Soul Craft reflects the aspect of workthrough thinking as doing. In this perspective, the actualization ofmanual work has many aspects that use a lot of brain power. Theeffectiveness of the tactics used in the approach is difficult to pindown. Ratchet defects from the normal activities of the company anddecides to make robots with defects so that as time goes by, theywilldevelop the urge to replace their non-functional parts. Then, thecompany can now provide the right spares for the population hencemaking immense profits for him, his partner, and his henchmen. Hisapproach not only ignores the set standards of work within thecompany but also ignores the human ethics established in Robot City.Ratchet does not aim to have solidarity with the other trade workersof the town, as his missions and works go contrary to the commonlanguage of business within the town, exceeds the practicing skillsof the company and there is no consideration of the ethics of thefirm (Sercombe,88).
Fenderis at the top of his form since Rodney’s arrival in Robot City.However, despite having few loose screws and a deep friendship withhis rag-tag counterparts, he plays a pivotal role to theaccomplishment of the mission. He guides Rodney to a safe house whereall newcomers survive from the bustle of the city. In a work setting,the character forms a crucial element within a team. He supports theplayers, offering solutions in situations that everyone sees asimpossible to encounter. His approach towards work tasks may be as aresult of huge experience within the specific task that he has almostevery approach to the problem worked out before the team commencesperformance. Following set ethics is an integral part of such acharacter, but from the large experience and expertise, there is ahuge possibility that they would wonder off the ethos chart toaccomplish what they deeply desire.
Inconclusion, the various characters in the Robots 2005 movie holddiverse views on the approaches to use to accomplish tasks. Asdiverse as they may be, each one of them possesses abilities thathelp them achieve their needs. Rodney’s father works as adishwasher, and apparently, the skill is wired to him, forming aworking DNA that makes him work as hard (Krichmar,190). However, the varied skills and abilities from the charactersexist since they all want to survive in a better world and eliminatethe antagonist. Similarly, in life people possess differentabilities, qualifications, and experience that they use to eliminatethe common challenge of providing for themselves and their families.The work setting may differ across continents, but in the end, theyall aim to make the world a better place and eliminate theantagonists.
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