Robots are going to change the world and our lives – Lets know how!
It isn’t that far in the future when robots will take over everyday professions. Actually, the future is now, so they already are infiltrated in certain services. For instance we no longer have to go to the bank and wait in line in order to get money. We have the ATMs (god bless them). Slowly, but surely the robots would substitute people even in professions such waiters, or shop clerks.
1 Service clerks
The jobs that are already starting to disappear are the minimum-wage service clerks such as cashiers, bank tellers and even librarians. We no longer have to speak to the bank clerk nor wait in line for paying or withdrawing money (thanks to the ATMs). Self-checkouts are available at retail stores across the country, greatly reducing the need for human cashiers. Retail employment hasn’t increased by much in recent years despite sales performing strongly. It’s estimated that over $1 trillion will be transacted through self-service machines in 2014. So in the near future we wouldn’t even have to smile to the cashier while we wait for them to charge us.
Weird, right? So the robot arrives at your table and it will take your order. Great thing about this is that it would definitely wouldn’t make a mistake or forget your order. More and more restaurants are encouraging their customers to use tablets to order food and pay their bill. This saves the restaurant money on staff, and customers actually end up spending more when they’re ordering from a tablet (you don’t have to wait for your waiter, nor actually calling them). One restaurant in Shandong, China has completely done away with human waiters in order to boost efficiency, and robots that cook and prepare gourmet food at a rapid rate have also been developed.
3 Real estate agents
MIT is developing “highly expressive humanoids” that move and interact with humans in a natural way. They can learn from people, and one robot named Rea has been trained to answer questions about property. Weird, we guess…
Surprisingly, even professions such as this one, which actually requires creativity and knowledge with words can and will be replaced with machines. One expert predicts that over 90% of news articles will be written solely by computers within 15 years. News articles do little more than report the facts in an easy-to-read way. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem to train a computer to ingest data and spit out a finished news story.
If you are watching The Big Bang Theory, you probably remember when Sheldon took Google self-driving lesson (well he wasn’t so good, but that’s not the topic right now). These Google cars have autonomously driven over half a million miles with no accidents at all while under the control of the machines. Also, most of the modern vehicles have autopilot options, so we guess; we are already in the future. Bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, airline pilots will be put out of work. In Australia, there’s already a large mining facility that has replaced all of its human drivers with 45 massive robot-controlled mining trucks. Replacing human drivers with robots will massively increase productivity and in case of accidents there won’t be human victims which is the good part. The bad part is that millions of people would lose their jobs.
Surprisingly, even teachers are at risk for losing their jobs from robots. Computer scientists are developing super-sophisticated machines that interact with people in a natural way to teach them basic skill such as mathematics and vocabulary. Machines such as these are currently used to teach autistic children how to play and interact with other people. Korea is the country where robots are replacing human teachers more and more every day.
Robots are used even today in some complicated surgeries. Most large hospitals, and even many of the smaller ones, have huge octopus-armed machines that assist the doctors during these takes. The robots are more precise and faster in many ways, and they even allow surgeons to work remotely.