WEB & TECH / JUN. 13, 2015
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You Won’t Believe What These Robots Can Do!

Say goodbye to your job, robots can do it better! It is official, in a few years robots will take over the world. Many jobs are in danger of being replaced by robots and thousands of people around the world will become substituted. Even as we speak, several companies have robots as their employees and are considered to be far more valuable than humans in certain areas of work.

According to research conducted by IT research and advisory company Gartner, by 2025 one in three jobs will be replaced by software, smart machines and robots which can carry out the job more efficiently than humans. In fact, research director, Peter Sondergaard, supported the opinion that “new digital businesses require less labor and machines will make sense of data faster than humans can”.

See Also: Is a Robot Chef Coming to a Kitchen Near You?

While this is encouraging for the means of technological advancement, it may not be so for the professionals who are a bit skeptical about the safety of humanity and are afraid of losing their jobs over AI and robotics which have started threatening blue-collar and white-collar jobs already.  

If you want to learn which jobs will be taken over by machines, check out this list of jobs robots are surprisingly good at:

1. Actors

RoboThespians are human-sized robots that can do many things actors and entertainers do. Apart from being able to hold eye contact with you, perform Singin’ in the Rain and guess your age at the same time, they can also tell jokes in one of 30 languages and blow kisses in the air. These robots are already being sold to museums and companies at a price of £50,000 to entertain people at exhibitions and events. Although they are regarded to be excellent presenters as they are, developers are planning to make them walk, hop and jump too!

2. Packaging and filling machine operators

According to TIME, Amazon is already using robots as packaging and filling-machine operators and tenders. These robots made by Kiva systems are 320 pounds and 16 inches tall and were purchased by the company at the price of $775 million in 2012. Their job is to carry shelves of Amazon products out of storage and deliver them to employees so that the whole process of home packaging delivery is made simpler, quicker and more efficient. 

  

3. Bookkeepers

Many big companies have already started using robots for bookkeeping.  Among them, Pilot Travel, GameStop and Verizon have automated bookkeeping tasks through incorporating software that makes the whole process a lot easier and quicker. Whereas in the past these companies needed an army of 80 employees, today they only need about 10 to carry out the job.

4. Telemarketers

Telemarketers will see a big change in the coming future as their jobs are already becoming automated. Since it’s impossible for humans to perform the job 24/7, it’s time for robots to take action. Being able to maintain incredibly high energy levels allows them to handle even the most difficult customers effectively and eventually close the deal.

5. Restaurant Cooks

Apparently, robots all around the world will soon be preparing your favourite dishes. Foxbot, a robot that slices perfectly-shaped noodles is a current employee at Dazzling Noodles in China. It’s probably the best chef in the restaurant since it does the job faster than any human in the kitchen and also cleans up the mess it leaves behind.

More evidence that robots can cook is Moley, the new product from Moley Robotics which can make crab bisque in less than 30 minutes. Since this is a difficult dish for any human chef to prepare, it is quite surprising that a machine can do it in such a short amount of time and for it to still be edible. This will definitely change the restaurant industry.  

6. Anesthesiologists

The highest- paying professionals in the US may be out of a job soon. Johnson and Johnson’s Sedasys is a machine that automates the sedation of patients who are 18 years old or above who need a colon-cancer screening. Essentially, Sedasys is connected to the patients and monitors their condition and alerts the physician whenever there’s any complication. In contrast to human anaesthesiologists who charge the operation from $600 up to $2,000, Sedasys can do it for just $150.

7. Musicians

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Robots are incredibly talented musicians too. Toyota’s violin and trumpet-playing robots can justify that. In order to be able to produce sound out of these two instruments, the company built the robots in such a way to allow human-like dexterity. The robot violinist for example has 17 joints in its arms and hands!

Another impressive robot musician is Z-Machines from ZIMA. This is a three-piece band that has 78 fingers, 22 arms and a surprisingly human sound. Z-Machines comprise of Mach (guitar), Cosmo (keyboard) and Ashura (drums) and can play music up to four times faster than any human.

8. Receptionists

Japanese robot maker, Kokoro, has taken robotics one step further by creating Saya the secretary. Soon to replace all human secretaries across the country, robot Saya is one of the most advanced androids in the world as it can imitate human behaviour. Not only that, but it can also hold a basic conversation with other employees and respond to questions using up to 300 to 700 different phrases.

9. Reporters

After Associated Press started using automation to generate reports, it became evident that a machine could do a better job of a journalist than a human – or at least for some parts of the job. This is because automation requires less time for the write up of these reports in contrast to a journalist and often has fewer errors than manually-written reports.

10. Soldiers

Machines are soldiers too. Since 2004, Talon robots have proved to be valuable for the military service and more specifically to the US Army fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. These machines were used to clear live grenades and neutralize mines allowing better protection for human soldiers.  In the future, it is predicted that robots would even replace one fourth of combat soldiers.

Despite the fact that robots are replacing jobs that are currently carried out by humans, they are also allowing new jobs to emerge that allow people to use these machines and work alongside them for the sake of humanity.

See Also: 6 Manual Jobs That Robots Can Never Replace

So do you think a robot might take your job? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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