Does the thought of robots taking over your source of income frighten you? What will happen to our society if Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more efficient and smarter than us? While some people think we’ll become better at our jobs with the help of AI, others believe that AI replacing our jobs could lead to a global crisis which we won’t be ready to solve. In this article, I list ten jobs that (most likely!) will and won't be replaced by AI.
1. Receptionists - An automated touchscreen system or humanoid AI can easily replace the role of a receptionist. This is already happening in many modern companies that can afford the technology. In fact, in two hospitals in Belgium, robots are already taking reception duties. The receptionist robot which stands at 4ft tall with a round head and screen on his chest is able to recognize the human voice in 20 languages and can detect if he’s talking to a man, woman, or child.
2. Factory Worker - Millions of factory jobs are now lost to machines. For years, robots have been replacing factory workers in the field of construction and manufacturing, especially in developed economies. Certainly, it won’t be far in the future when all companies can afford to use machines.
3. Couriers - Aside from the manufacturing industry, the logistics and transport sectors will be most affected when robotic automation booms in the future years. Couriers are now slowly being replaced by drones and robots capable of traveling by air or wheels. One example is Starship Technologies, which recently launched their tiny self-driving robots which can deliver goods from various diners in Redwood City to its customers within a two-mile radius.
4. Taxi and bus drivers - Thanks to Tesla, semi-automated driving is already here and it won’t be long before fully autonomous vehicles take over public transport and taxis, although in places such as India, the government is banning self-driving cars to protect jobs. Pilots, however, are safe for now – whilst self-flying technology exists, passengers will need time to get comfortable be flown by a computer.
5. Soldiers - No more wasted human lives on the battlefield, soon robots will take over and fight for us. During America’s war on terror in Iraq, robot-soldiers in the form of weaponized drones were already being used by the U.S. Army to assassinate enemies.
6. Doctors - The rise of robot doctors are now closer to reality than fiction. Today, robo-surgeons can perform various medical operations starting from knee replacement surgery to vision correction. Before long, vdiagnosing patients based on their symptoms will be done through a chat bot
7. Security Guards - Robo-guards are already replacing humans when it comes to protecting and securing business locations. Take, for instance, Yelp’s security robot, who is capable of inspecting the whole building with its high-definition camera. The robot also has a directional mic and infrared sensor that can detect any suspicious sound or movement.
8. Sales Manager - AI is now being used to create content strategy and email marketing playbooks for marketers. They could also analyze sales calls quicker than any sales manager. In fact, according to one study, telemarketing is predicted to decline by the year 2024 largely because of robo-callers that take the place of telemarketers.
9. Accountant - Finance jobs may soon be replaced by AIs which could compute and analyze data faster. Various research has shown that robots are better in accounting tasks than humans. Robo-accountants are currently being developed with confidence because unlike driverless cars which could cause deadly consequences for small errors, robot accountants don’t carry that big risk since data can easily be recovered.
10. Farmer - Robot farmers are currently harvesting crops at impressive rates. In Kyoto, Japan, the world’s first robot lettuce farm was recently opened and includes an all-robot farming staff. The robo-farmers are responsible for harvesting, planting and caring for the crops.
1. Software Developers - Creating innovative and useful application, software, and websites out of concrete ideas is hard and near-impossible for AIs to do. In this field, you need to have the skills, passion, and creativity of a developer in order to create amazing applications.
2. Writers - Writers are artists. They need to create original content out of others' ideas, situations, or their own imaginations. I’ve seen many AI software which can help with title suggestions, plagiarism scan, and content clarity but there’s not one that can mimic the talent and creativity of a good writer. Story writing relies largely on emotion, one of the things a robot lacks.
3. Human Resource Managers - The hardest jobs to automate are the ones that involve managing and developing people. Helping employees and solving work conflicts will most likely need a human with good interpersonal (can understand a fellow human better) and reasoning (can think outside the box) skills.
4. Graphic Designers - Imaginative creation in graphic design makes this job nearly impossible for AIs to do. Robots also can’t probably handle difficult clients like humans can.
5. Event Planners - Event planning is a job where you need creativity and coordination in order to negotiate with people. For this, you need organization and people skills, something you can’t easily program into a robot.
6. Lawyers - A job that relies on one’s ability to argue is safe from robot replacement. It’s nearly impossible to develop a robot that can reason and argue with another human being. At most, the court can use the help of robots in terms of data processing, but robots can never persuade a judge or jury in the same way a human can.
7. Clergymen - It would be fun to see a robot priest someday but it probably won’t happen in any near future. A clergy is someone that has the power to guide and preach to his audience. He has to have empathy, emotion, and faith in order to inspire other people.
8. Choreographers - Dancing is art. And just like writing, whatever skill that can’t be computed by data is hard to automate. Creating robot choreographers is impossible because they don’t have the capacity to understand art in human movement.
9. Social Worker - To be a social worker you need to have emotional intelligence, compassion, and knowledge of different kinds of physical and mental diseases. Robots are most likely never going to understand a sick person’s unpredictability or empathize with him when he’s in pain.
10. Psychiatrists - Robots can never comprehend the deep issues within the human mind, so it’s quite impossible to have a robot psychiatrist.