ROBOTS are coming for our jobs. But what occupations are most at risk from being replaced by our metallic mates?
We’ve long dreamt of a future where robots did everything for us. But we never thought about the implication that they could one day end up stealing our livelihoods leaving us useless, fleshy lumps unemployed and obsolete.
report by Bloomberg
states automatons and smart computers are threatening to replace more than 700 occupations in the next two decades, which could equate to half the workforce in the US.
But you don’t have to start nervously looking at that vending machine just yet. You might be safe. Particularly if you’re a choreographer, schoolteacher or physician. These have been identified as jobs robots are least likely to replace. Also, if you’re in a field that requires manipulation, creativity or social perception, you can relax a little.
The jobs most at risk have been identified as loan officers, which the report claims are at a 98 percent probability of automation, followed by receptionists, legal assistants, retail salespersons and taxi drivers.
Also on the list includes security guards, cooks and bartenders.
Some make sense for a robo replacement — we love the idea of taxi driver who actually knows where they’re going — but we need to be convinced a robot could whip up a Gin Sling while offering some decent bar-propping banter. Although with a robot chef at least we won’t have to worry it’ll spit in our food if we send it back.
We’re already seeing robots entering the kitchen with one start-up company creating a burger restaurant run entirely by one machine. IBM’s super computer, Watson, which smashed the best human opponent on game show Jeopardy
, has recently been dishing out specially devised menus at the festival South by Southwest. There was even a pair of robotic pole dancers mechanically shaking their chips. There’s the imminent arrival of self-driving cars or transportation pods that could easily do away with taxi drivers and public transport workers, and we’re seeing robo soldiers prototypes.
The rise of the robots is a reality and they will replace a large part of the workforce in certain sectors. But we’ve got a while yet before it goes totally iRobot. Then when it does happen you could always become a pole dancer because those robot ones were rubbish.