There are 101 million Americans who are unemployed, and that number could grow for a variety of reasons. Not least of which is: the robots are coming.
When you replace a human worker with a robot, you can often streamline your process and overcome a whole bunch of challenges specific to humanity. Robots never get sick or tired, they never complain, they never show up late, they never waste precious time and they always do what you tell them to do. If you had a human worker that consistent, you might check their pulse and see if they had a life outside of their job.
Robotic technology has advanced to the point where it is actually cheaper to buy robots than it is to hire humans for a vast variety of different tasks. Not surprisingly, many large corporations and SME’s alike have caught on.
* Amazon will be using 10,000 robots in its warehouses by the end of the year.
CEO Jeff Bezos told investors at a shareholder meeting Wednesday that he expects to significantly increase the number of robots used to fulfill customer orders.
PC World has just done a report on a new warehouse robot known as “UBR-1”. This robot is intended to perform tasks “normally done by human workers”…The UBR-1 is 4-feet tall, and has one-arm. It makes warehouses and factories much more efficient. UBR-1 can work alongside humans or autonomously in a workspace filled with people, and it can work all day and all night. It just needs a battery change every once in a while. At a price tag of about 0,000 though, it is unaffordable for many warehouses.
* According to CNN, restaurants all over the nation are going to automated service, and a recent University of Oxford study concluded that there is a 92 percent chance that most fast food jobs will be automated in the coming decades…
Panera Bread spent 2 million developing a new automated service system, but claims it isn’t planning any job cuts. Panera is the latest chain to introduce automated service, announcing last month that it plans to bring self-service ordering kiosks as well as a mobile ordering option to all its locations within the next three years. The news follows moves from Chili’s and Applebee’s to place tablets on their tables, allowing diners to order and pay without interacting with human wait staff at all.
* Think you do something that requires a “human touch” like caring for the elderly, that a robot couldn’t replace?
According to Reuters, robots are moving into elderly care as well. Imagine you’re 85, and living alone. Your children are halfway across the country, and you’re widowed. You have a live-in aide – but it’s not human. Your personal robot reminds you to take your medicine, monitors your diet and exercise, plays games with you, and even helps you connect with family members on the Internet.
Anyone who has worked with the elderly, though, would know that at least more than half of elderly patients would NOT want to be cared for by a robot, just for the simple fact that many people from older generations don’t trust technology – and oftentimes rightfully so. Humans are needed to help them with their diet, prepare their meals, organize their meds, help them around, and most importantly just connect with them and keep them as comfy as possible. Let’s be honest with ourselves – robots will never understand what dopamine or oxytocin is outside of theoretically.
* Robots are even threatening extremely skilled professions such as doctors. For instance, just check out this excerpt from a Bloomberg article entitled “Doctor Robot Will See You Shortly”…
Johnson & Johnson proposes to replace anesthesiologists during simple procedures such as colonoscopies — not with nurse practitioners, but with machines. Sedasys, which dispenses propofol and monitors a patient automatically, was recently approved for use in healthy adult patients who have no particular risk of complications. Johnson & Johnson will lease the machines to doctor’s offices for 50 per procedure — cleverly set well below the 00 to ,000 that anesthesiologists usually charge.
This could be just the beginning. Some people are worried about this potential paradigm shift. The fact is that machines have literally changed our lives since the beginning of the industrial revolution. For instance, could get rid of all agricultural machines tomorrow, and then thousands of people could have farm jobs. But then thousands of people would starve, because we have put our dependency on the efficient production of machines in our various workplaces.
A career that requires a human touch can not be replaced by robots. Most of the jobs available on virtual websites – writer, graphic designer, etc., cannot be replaced by robots. The time is now for our talented, intelligent young people to build their human capital as much as possible, make themselves valuable to employers or clients and be ready to adapt to an ever changing job market. Unfortunately, college degrees don’t guarantee a career anymore. Do you have some kind of skill or talent you could sell on the free market? Why not take advantage of that while you still can?
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