The robots are coming! Robots are expected to create 15 million new jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years, as a direct result of automation and artificial intelligence, that’s the equivalent to 10% of the workforce. The downside is, robotics will also kill 25 million jobs over the same period.
Robots are writing symphonies, creating paintings that resemble the works of Rembrandt and even fooling daters on Tinder. Their capabilities are expanding at rates we cannot fathom. Experts found that less than 5% of jobs can be completely replaced by technology, but that doesn’t mean all jobs are safe. So what are the jobs robots are already doing?
Jobs robots are already doing!
Robots are now being used as take away couriers by companies such as Uber, Just Eat and Deliveroo. These robots could significantly cut down on delivery vehicles and labour costs, but they also take up space on sidewalks which can be seen as a negative by cyclists and walking pedestrians.
Autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more advanced each year and in the near future could take over the role of the truck driver. Uber has already began testing self-driving tucks as it has successfully sent an autonomous truck on a 120 mile journey to deliver beer!
Much of farming involves routine tasks that robots can efficiently do, including surveying the land, driving tractors, and cutting and harvesting the crops. Already there are wine-bots, which prune vines in vineyards, and lettuce-bots, which pull up the weeds near the base of the plant, among many other farming robots. There are also robotic milking machines that are capable of milking cows without any need for human assistance.
Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), bots are far quicker at accumalating and making sense of large amounts of information. These AI programs interpret, organise, and present data in human-readable ways significantly quicker than a human counterpart. Robot Journalists have proved that they can produce articles of the same quality as a seasoned writer but they still lack the creativity, humour, and critical-thinking of a human.
4. Stockroom Worker
That item you just ordered from Amazon may not have been handled by people, but by robots. Amazon upped its fleet of robots by 50% to roughly 45,000 robots in 20 fulfilment centers recently and will continue to do so in the coming years. Amazon’s robots make their operations more efficient: What used to take an hour or more, now takes roughly 15 minutes.
Robots can now perform at, and above, human levels in creative and highly skilled professions.Using robots in the workplace is a smart move for companies, because robots are precise, efficient, and obedient, and they don’t get tired. And as much as robots will take up jobs, they will also create them. Robots should not be seen as the nemesis of human employees, but they it is inevitable they will change the Future of Work.