Are you wondering how artificial intelligence works? Do you think that robots are taking our jobs? Most experts agree that there is no need to worry. They believe that AI will create more jobs than it destroys.
Robots were created so that they will eliminate dull or physically challenging tasks, leaving us humans with time for more interesting and creative work. And being able to spend more time chatting with friends over coffee, of course.
In 2014 the late scientist Stephen Hawking told the BBC that the “development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
In 2017, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took a slightly different view when he said that we were in something of a “renaissance” and “golden age” when it came to the subjects of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
How does AI work?
Here is a short list of some of the jobs that robots are taking over.
- Flying. Drones are robots and they’re working all over the world, doing everything from delivering blood to monitoring Australia’s shorelines for sharks.
- Prep your meds. From pharmaceutical prescriptions to prepping IVs, these nurse bots are rolling behind the scenes in pharmacies and hospitals. Since there is so much that goes into keeping people healthy, this is a huge help in the medical field!
- Make music! Brain.FM’s tunes are designed – by robots – to be in sync with your brain waves while making some awesome beats.
- Shape you up. Personal trainer bots are leading exercise sessions with the elderly. They even monitor participants and can detect correct body position.
- Make deliveries. Robots are delivering everything from online orders to room service.
- Perform surgery. Medical facilities including the famed Mayo Clinic use robotics to operate on patients. Using robotics provides “more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with conventional techniques.”
- Help you see better. Robots can turn a series of numbers into prescription eyeglasses, all in less than an hour!
AI for a new generation
Some worry that the increasing capabilities of robotics will eventually allow robots to take over our jobs, yet remember that these machines are nothing without the human element of programming. Start your kids down the path to programming with Botley the Coding Robot!
Robots will never take over these jobs
There are many tasks that robots will never be able to do.
- Provide human reasoning. Interactive voice response (IVR) programs are very frustrating to deal with, as many of us know when we call a company for support and get the run-around with these systems. A human would offer and apology and steer you in the right direction.
- Feel empathy. When another person has been through something that you’ve been through, you can talk about a shared experience. Humans need and crave this connection. We are built to share and connect in this way.
- Feel sympathy. If a robot tells you, “I am sorry for your trouble, I can imagine you must be very upset” – that just makes us more upset. Because we know that the robot is not being genuine. It can’t feel anything.
- Be humorous. No one has found a way to program humor into a robot yet.
- Establish trust with a person, the way another person is capable of establishing trust. Trust is established by consistent good behavior from both parties. A robot doesn’t have a moral compass, they just have a compass. There are many nuances to relationships that robots will never replicate in their relationships with humans.
- Be a critical thinker, be creative in the way the great minds of our time can be creative. A robot would never be able to produce works like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens.
- Deliver bad new in a hospital environment. Although people say that some doctors have bedside manners similar to a robot. A good doctor that knows how to communicate in a direct but empathetic way can shape the patient experience.
- Make great art. Robots are too mechanical to produce the likes of Monet and Van Gogh.
- Cook from the heart. They will never be able to replace The Barefoot Contessa.
- Be a childcare provider. Infants and toddlers need real human interaction if they are to learn and grow.
- Be a tour guide. There is a growing demand for outdoor and adventure tourism. The people who work in modern adventure tourism can expect an increasing demand for authentic experiences in unique places.
- Be a journalist. No robot or piece of software can act like a human brain when it comes to digging deep into a story in search of the truth. Good journalism will always be in demand. In fact, in the ‘Age of Content’ we now live in, good writing is becoming an increasingly rare commodity. Interesting stories by real writers that readers want to share over their social networks are highly valued.
So, will robots be taking your job
Robots are a reality today and they will appear in public spaces in more complex shapes than robot vacuum cleaners. We must adapt as certain occupations evolve, along with the machines. There will be massive job re-training programs for the current workforce. Workers with disabilities may be forced into low-paying jobs but there will be support programs in place for these workers.
Universities are preparing students to become entrepreneurs. Human interaction is going to be a vital skill. Students are encouraged to leave their comfort zone and go out into the world, to distinguish themselves from others, take internships, develop their open-mindedness, creative thinking, curiosity, networking, and entrepreneurial spirit. These are the skills that will make students employable in the future.
Businesses will also benefit from robots because they will have a 24/7 ‘workforce’ at more affordable rates. AI makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. AI and robots are not taking over our jobs. They will be performing the mundane tasks that we weren’t so great at anyways and freeing us up to learn new, more exciting skills. Skills that do not require a full college education, just targeted courses.
Are you worried that robots will take over your job? Please leave a comment or question and I will be happy to reply. Thanks for reading my post.