What Jobs Are Robots Most Likely Taking Over In The Future?
For years, Hollywood has bombarded society with stories about robots. From hostile uprisings to friendly androids that help protagonists achieve their goals, robots seem to be in our future, and every day, researchers are discovering more applications for robotics in daily life.
Robotics and AI are here to stay, and they are more advanced than you realize. They’ll be taking over more and more of the workforce as time goes on, and these jobs are some of the most likely to go.
Earth’s growing population will soon require a massive re-imagining of our agriculture industry. There are already advances in farming robotics. Some robots use GPS and solar power to locate and spray weeds. Naio Technologies has already created a machine capable of weeding and harvesting as the perfect autonomous farmhand.
As more people enter the workforce, man's best friend spends more time inside. When everyone in the house has a job, dogs are left stranded on the couch or locked in a kennel all day. Luckily, there is a mobile app called Wag, which allows dog owners to utilize an army of dog walkers.
Teaching is a complex job, and not all aspects of it — empathizing with student problems, for instance, or designing creative new activities and lesson plans — can easily be automated. But that doesn’t mean robots aren’t coming to the classroom.
Robotics has played an instrumental role in automotive manufacturing since World War II. From picking and placing parts to welding, robots already have a presence in car manufacturing. Automobile plants employ automation more and more each day, and car mechanics should be worried.
You can be forgiven for thinking Melvil Dewey’s classification system was the biggest contribution to library science, but you’d also be wrong. While the library is still an integral part of our education and advancement, it’s not immune to automation and digital database management.
We already use machines in everyday banking activities, such as ATMs. The country's biggest banks employ over a million employees, but employment has decreased for five years straight. We could soon even see bank tellers replaced with robots within the next decade.
Referees and Umpires
One of the most enjoyable moments in baseball is yelling at an umpire over an apparent blown call. Even though they are human and make mistakes, umpires and referees are critical to sports. Pretty soon, however, a machine will make those calls.
Robotics in the pharmaceutical industry is quite common. Robots can handle, count, and package pills with more accuracy than any human pharmacy technician. Now, a pharmacists' six years of education and training might become obsolete as robots take over the repetitive task of preparing prescriptions.
Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Even when a construction worker is the most alert, fatal accidents occur regularly. Construction company owners can save a lot of lives and money on wages and insurance once the technology becomes affordable enough to build skyrises.
Many people wait tables part-time while completing school, while some make a decent career out of it. Even so, some restaurants have already implemented technology allowing customers to order their food directly. There's an excellent chance that the delivery of the food to the table will be automated soon as well.
Speaking of which, with the help of robotics, even a 1-star establishment can consistently offer high-quality meals. Moley Robotics has developed the first robotic chef. It’s equipped with tactile sensors and sophisticated control systems to help it navigate around the kitchen.
The Tipsy Robot in Las Vegas is a bar with an employee that can make 120 drinks per hour. It doesn't take breaks and does not need paychecks. Developed by Makr Shakr, robots like this one are becoming more affordable and could soon replace your favorite watering hole's tender.
Thanks to websites like Travelocity, the travel industry has seen a drastic reduction in the need for travel agents. While some people still use them to plan the perfect trip, others create their own online.
One of the most challenging aspects of international travel is the language barrier. Being unable to understand the locals can seriously complicate an experience abroad, especially in language-intensive spaces like museums. Luckily, robotics can transform museums.
The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington has a sculpture that doubles as a musician. Designed by Neal Potter, the tornado-shaped piece of art includes over 500 musical instruments within itself. A famous artist doesn't write the music emanating from the spiraling floor-to-ceiling behemoth, however, but rather over 30 computers.
Tesla has changed the world when it comes to self-driving cars, and it's only a matter of time before someone fits autonomous vehicles with a computerized system designed to pinpoint specific addresses along a predesignated route.
A successful law firm is nothing without a team of junior lawyers, paralegals and secretaries. Legal writing requires extreme attention-to-detail to ensure accuracy and compliance with regulatory measures — and that’s why robots may soon be joining the legal profession.
Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla believes robots could replace doctors as soon as 2035. Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT collaborated on a study that found AI and robotics systems were just as good if not better than humans at identifying high-risk cancer needing surgery in mammograms.
Everyone pictures a chaotic scene at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but tHE building is almost a ghost town nowadays except for the ceremonial ringing of the bell. The reason why is that most firms have adopted artificial intelligence to execute automated trades and conduct analysis.
The United States Navy might be seeing a personnel decrease once it perfects one of its prototypes. The Sea Hunter is a 132-foot-long diesel-powered vessel based out of San Diego, California and designed by Leidos Holdings is an early step toward autonomous watercraft.
Stealth, the action movie about a rogue top-secret military plane that used artificial intelligence, bombed at the box office in 2005. Pilots in the film argued, they had "things those computers can never have, like instincts and feelings and moral judgment."
Humans may be on the verge of travel to Mars, but robots beat us to it long ago. The Mars Pathfinder was the first spacecraft and robotic rover to land on the Red Planet, and robots are only becoming more important to space travel.
The military has employed robotics in the forms of mine detectors and predator drones, but science-fiction hints at even more possible roles for robots. Defense contractors are in the midst of a boom in military robots with all sorts of applications currently being tested
If you were wondering when robots would become sex workers, wonder no more. They are already here. Lumidolls in Barcelona, Spain is the world's first robot-based brothel. The company has ambitious aims for expansion across the globe but has yet to acquire the capital.
The average cost for a year of child care is around $22,000, making raising a kid expensive and time-consuming business. Luckily for the parents of the future, robots may soon be able to step in and give us a hand.
Law Enforcement Officers
Robocops are already patrolling across the world. The Democratic Republic of Congo has used solar-powered robots as traffic cops since 2013, while India has riot control drones armed with pepper spray and paintballs. Meanwhile, Israel owns a 26-pound, 11-inch rover that can enter houses, climb stairs and fire up to five rounds in two seconds.
While robots aren’t in a position to replace politicians for a number of ethical and logistical reasons, robots can assist with tasks that streamline day-to-day activities and make the government more efficient.
In 2017, BINA48 successfully passed a philosophy class at Notre Dame de Namur University, becoming the first advanced android to complete a college class. While speaking at the school, BINA48 expressed an interest in taking a class and enrolled in the Philosophy of Love.
AI has become quite adept at creating written content. There are even websites and software available that can author content for websites and utilize search engine optimization to show up in Google searches. They are also far from perfect right now.