9 Jobs That Will Be Stolen by Robots

Technology has always replaced the jobs that humans don’t want to do, and in the end this makes life easier. Estimates say that by 2025, nearly 25% of the jobs people do now will be replaced by robots or other technology. Keep in mind, this does not mean 25% of the current working world will be out of a job. It means that new kinds of jobs will exist. When a car replaced a horse for transportation, cars provided millions of more jobs. Smart phones led to a tech revolution and millions of new jobs in the tech field.

The following are 9 jobs that will likely be replaced in the future, and done by robots.

1) Surgeon

Surgery, much like driving, has a human element to the work. A human element that if screwed up has severe life-altering consequences. Fortunately for surgery, the people doing it are the top of the top as far as human ability. Surgeons also provide a high-degree of knowledge and critical quick-thinking that may be difficult for a robot to replace.

It is inevitable that common surgeries will be replaced by robots, and some, such as Lasik eye surgery, have a degree of robotics involved. There are machine based surgeries being performed right now, however much like humans, they have not yet been proven to be fail-safe.



2) Mail Delivery

This is another industry that has begun to take huge steps toward an automated system operated by robots. However, the mail delivery centers around the world can take a brief sigh of relief. The future of mail delivery is likely in drones. It will be much like a Jetsons’ type of future with bubbled-drones flying every which way and delivering mail and packages directly to your doorstep.

UPS made headlines recently by announcing the coming future of UPS delivery. Once all the bugs have been worked out, it is likely that other key players in package delivery such as Amazon, USPS, and Fed-Ex will be quickly on board.

Those bugs by the way, are not necessarily in the technology, but rather the logistics of such a massive project. In addition, with national security issues a hot topic among politicians, the federal approval (FAA, Interstate Commerce, NSA) is likely decades away. I’d guess you’ll be flying your own car before drones are delivering mail.



3) Soldiers

The military is already working on robotic soldiers who would essentially do the grunt work of our men and women in the field. This is important for many reasons, however outside of protecting our soldiers, a robotic military provides a distinct advantage on the battle ground and in securing our borders, and assisting our allies.

While this would likely mean downsizing our military personnel, that has been a political discussion for decades and would be nothing new. The biggest concern, of course, would be in having the ability to fully control an army of robots that has intuitive technology, or preventing hackers from turning the army against us.
The technologies are already in place for much of the military, as self-guided missiles, fighter jets, drones, and a variety of self-controlled equipment are providing military assistance throughout the world.



4) Journalists

Traditionally jobs that deal with humanity, and quick change are felt to be “safe”. That is it is hard to conceive that robots will ever have the ability to think they way humans do and provide the humanly touch we so desire. For many years it was thought journalists would survive the technology plunge. In fact, as technology had improved in the last twenty years there are more writers and journalists than ever.

So, how would robots replace them? Well, you may not know this but many articles you already read are being written by robots. There are a handful of companies who provide software that can take a stack of data and turn it into a readable article. Right now, much of this happens in statistic-laden subjects such as sports and investing. This is also very common in story rewrites, where a program can take 10 stories covering the same event and rewrite that story to make a new one. These systems are still in their infancy; however, it won’t be long before the majority of what you read was written by a software program. This doesn’t mean journalism as we know it is going away, but it does mean that the scope of a journalist’s work will change. You are likely to find a more generic form of writing for covering basic news, while stories requiring a human element will become a larger focus for writers of the future.


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