A study by Ball State University predicted that many occupations are at risk of being automated, including insurance underwriters, telemarketers, and tax-return preparers. To be more precise, robots are expected to take over half of all low-skilled jobs.
6. They create jobs, too
“Robots will take our jobs!” is perhaps the most common fear surrounding robotics development. Yes, technology is changing fast and it does have economic ramifications. Driverless cars, for instance, are highly likely to replace cab drivers in the future.
In the near future, however, artificial intelligence will most likely replace tasks, not jobs. The good news is that it will also create new markets and jobs. We might need additional education and re-training for those jobs, but the opportunities will be there.
7. Autonomous cars
Self-driving cars still require some human intervention, but we’re getting closer to the day when they won’t. In the past decade, the perception of this technology among the public went from “How is it even possible?” to “Maybe it’s possible…” to “Definitely getting there!”
Waymo, the company that arose from the self-driving car project by Google, no longer has a monopoly on this industry. Instead, every significant automobile producer is pursuing this technology, with Uber being one of the strongest players. The users of this service can now get matched with a self-driving Uber when they request the service, so they can get a glimpse of the future.
Where will this trend take us? As companies continue to invest in this trend, we’ll live to see a different face of public transport by 2020.
8. Healthcare robots
We’re looking into a different future for healthcare, too. Instead of visiting a primary care physician who will give us a check-up with a simple stethoscope, we’ll have intelligent robots performing these tasks. They will interact with patients, check on their conditions, and evaluate the need for further appointments.
Pharmabotics will bring more huge changes. They’ll be like ATMs for medicines, so we can get the medications we need while avoiding the inconvenience of talking to a stranger about our health issues.
9. Robotics for entertainment
Robots are getting more personalized, interactive, and engaging than ever. With the growth of this industry, virtual reality will enter our homes in the near future. We’ll be able to interact with our home entertainment systems through conversations, and they will respond to our attempts to communicate.
10. Robots will boost our standard of living
We’ve seen this throughout history: automation and mechanization boosts the overall standard of living. We’ve seen it with the Industrial Revolution, and it’s going to happen again. According to estimates from the United Nations, poverty was reduced to a greater extent over the past five decades than in the previous 50. That’s because the global economy grew sevenfold, and technology played a huge part in that progress.
With software automating all kinds of work, we’re looking at a more comfortable future for ourselves. Aren’t you eager to be part of it?
This article has been republished with permission from Robotiq.