A new problem in the brave new world of robots.
Business owners are in a race to replace their workers as quickly as possible in order to avoid being overtaken by their competitors. However, the flip side of this is that workers are not impressed and not really excited about the prospect of their jobs being taken over by robots. One expert predicts that 40% of all current jobs will be replaced within 15 years by robots controlled by artificial intelligence.
It seems now that in some countries, robots are becoming unpopular, to the extent that some humans are resorting to violence against the robots themselves, rather than against their creators or the employers who introduced them to the work place. Recently a robotic security guard was wrapped in a tarpaulin and covered with barbecue sauce . In Russia a teaching robot was bashed with a baseball bat. It seems to be a world-wide phenomenon on our robot planet.
So why this strange new phenomenon? It could be that we are coming to regard robots as creatures very similar to ourselves… after all, our human hearts can be seen simply as sophisticated pumps. And our DNA can be described in a form similar to computer code. Even our nervous system is like to the electrical wiring inside machines. The similarities are many.
Robots v Humans
Does this mean that, in the future, a battle between humans and robots is inevitable? Perhaps not. One robot manufacturer has discovered that if robots are given a name, fellow workers are much less likely to attack them. You can imagine a work place where a robot named “George” is introduced to the workers. Mary, John and Alan will be happier to work with “him” and not resent the fact that one of their team has been replaced by a machine. I imagine that lunch breaks and morning tea breaks would be interesting for employee conversation and bonding!!
So which professions can be challenged by the potential introduction of robots in the work place? Practically every profession practised by humans is now under threat by robots. And this includes the most unlikely. Robot chefs in restaurants are now a reality.
It seems that even journalism is under threat. The Guardian has recently engaged a robot writer that has just written its first article!! (I don’t know the name of this new robotic writer).
Even the medical and legal professions are under threat by artificial intelligence.
Here is a list of the 10 Jobs most likely to be taken over by robots..
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