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Modern technological advances may seem like a doomsday scenario to some— and rightfully so for anyone whose livelihood is threatened by robot automation. There are many jobs that are already being completed more cheaply and efficiently by computers and robots. Here are some jobs that will likely be eliminated through technology soon.
Fast Food Workers
McDonald’s, Starbucks and Panera are just a few of the large dining chains that have rolled out online and kiosk-based ordering, which eliminates the need for a cashier. Since much of fast food cooking is automated, it isn’t a stretch to see robots soon flipping burgers, brewing coffee and dispensing soup.
At a per-hour cost of only $6.25, robots can help businesses offset operational costs in several areas, including security. Unlike humans, security robots are less-prone to errors. They function like rolling video cameras that process images through artificial intelligence to identify security breaches. Their sharp “eyes” and ability to work without getting tired make them a crime deterrent also.
From messengers to package and food transportation, robots have the potential to disrupt the delivery industry. Starship is a six-wheeled rolling robot that is being used for deliveries in Silicon Valley and other tech-savvy areas. The small automatons can only be opened by the recipient and can be used to move many smaller items quickly and cheaply.
The large-scale delivery industry usually involves trucks zooming about the nation’s highways. These trucks traditionally needed drivers, who need breaks, meals and sleep. The advent of driverless cars is changing how products and supplies will be transported. Uber’s investment in driverless truck company, Otto, is a major step towards growing the necessary safety and logistics technology.
Less a robotic-threat and more a computer takeover of jobs, human data analysts are increasingly being replaced by artificial intelligence programs. These programs can learn by watching how a worker copies and sorts data, and then can tirelessly scan documents and databases to look for anomalies.
As technology evolves, fewer and fewer jobs will become safe from automation.