Will robots take your job? What was once a silly question is now a reality. I’m not joking. A robot workforce is no longer the stuff of science fiction. It’s already happening. And it’s about to explode. Why? Because human employees are difficult, weak, and expensive.
From the toaster to the smartphone, technology has changed the way people live their lives. Now, with the increasing capabilities of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as their connection to smart homes, getting things done is becoming even easier. The same is happening to our workplace. However, the things that are improving office and factory production are hurting our economy … and it’s only going to get worse.
The Robot Revolution Is Coming!
The recent rise in minimum wage has many business owners considering making the switch to automated workers. Paying humans is costly. People get sick, slack off, want raises, and need time off. Robots don’t.
Over the years, we’ve seen the integration of machines in factories and warehouses increase steadily. And the use of robots in the workplace is quickly spreading from those areas to others. It’s only a matter of time before one takes your job. Think I’m exaggerating? Take a look at some of the top jobs that are already being snagged by robots.
Top Jobs That Robots Are Claiming
- Farmer (Crops)/Farm Worker
- Property/Casualty Insurance Claims Examiner
- Travel Agent
- Robotics Engineer
- Customs Broker
- Postal Service Mail Sorter/Processor/Processing Machine Operator
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Telephone Operator
Occupations That Prove Robots Will Take Your Job
Don’t believe robots will take your job? Just take a look at some of the other occupations that are already feeling the effects:
- Telemarketers: Yes, you get phone solicitations all the time on your cell—but when’s the last time you got one from a live person? Robocalling is a worldwide epidemic—and the FCC can’t seem to do a darn thing to stop it. Automated phone calling is cheap, easy, and inexhaustible … unlike a real human.
- Home and Office Cleaning Services: Roombas and other automated vacuums are being snapped up by households and offices—cutting the need for a regular maid. How long before The Jetsons‘ Rosie takes over the home chores?
- Lawn Maintenance: Timer-activated sprinkler systems and Roomba-like lawnmowers have made life easier for the average homeowner. It’s only a matter of time before robot-driven lawn care replaces the already low-paid migrant worker.
- Artists/Photographers: Thanks to the advent of better digital cameras and dazzling artistic software/apps/filters, stunning, gallery-worthy art and photos can be done by everyone and their frumpy, old aunt. No need to hire a talented professional who has honed their craft over the decades.
- Drivers/Deliverymen/Chauffeurs/etc.: The self-driving car is here. Almost. Plans are already in the works to replace package deliverers and long-haul truckers with computerized, driverless vehicles. Heck, even Domino’s is revving up to bring us pizzas this way.
The Future Of Robots In The World
Many futurists speculate that it’s only a matter of time before robots develop artificial intelligence. With that, they posit that robots could potentially try to wipe us out—or at least control us. The way that humans treat robots leading up to that may determine how it all plays out. If we use them unethically—as slave worker or sexbots (believe me, that’s going to happen)—they could react violently. Alternately, they might choose a more peaceful route—opting for change via a civil rights movement.
While no one knows for sure what will happen, it’s not difficult to see that change is on the horizon. And with that being said, I, for one, would like to welcome our new robot overlords to the world and kindly remind them that I am always thankful and courteous toward both Alexa and my toaster.
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