The future has arrived faster than we anticipated and now everyone wants to know how to prevent robots from taking your job in the 21 st century.
Experts all over the world are cautioning that Robots will take over a lot of low-skilled jobs out there and some of the high skilled ones as Edward Rensi, a former McDonald’s CEO said in an interview on Fox Business Network that it is more economical for businesses like McDonald’s to buy a robotic arm costing $35,000 than to retain a burger-flipper at anything greater than current minimum wage salaries.
Currently, Robots are analyzing written documents, filling out prescriptions, and adroitly handling other mundane and repetitive tasks that are usually done by humans.
According to the New York Times, Blackstone Discovery of California, an e-Discovery and litigation support firm, has recently used software to analyze a total of 1.5 million documents at a cost of less than US $100,000. Paralegals and Lawyers will soon not be able to bill out their hours for document review.
Google’s automated car project is on a fast track to replace the need for drivers and chauffeurs around the world. ATM machines have already taken away the jobs of bank tellers in thousands of banks. Usage of Drones and Robots in armed forces is fast replacing the requirement of foot soldiers in armies.
IBM has claimed that Watson, the supercomputer, is better at diagnosing Lung Cancer than human doctors. Robots are also taking baby steps in journalism as well. Summaries of local football matches, daily financial reports, and natural disaster alerts are being generated by computers with minimal human involvement.
So, is it all over for humans when it comes to employment opportunities in the future?
Not necessarily. While robots can be mass produced and programmed to handle routine, repetitive and at times even mundane tasks, they do have limitations.
In the case of tasks which involve dealing with humans, reading emotions or intentions instead of data and information, robots currently are miles away from being able to replicate the human touch.
While robots might be able to quickly churn mountains of data and come up with an answer to typical and standard scenarios, at least currently, they can’t comfort you in times of illness or distress.
In a world where robots are going to be all pervasive, it might be better to be a psychiatrist or a teacher rather than to work in a call center or in construction.
According to research done by OECD, reported by Robotenomics.com, only 9% of current jobs are actually under threat by robots in the near future.
How to ensure that you are not in this 9%, that is under threat from robots?
The answer lies in reskilling and retraining yourself constantly.
You have no option but to keep on upgrading your skills to ensure that you do not become stagnant in your career and end up as an easy target for the next cost cutting exercise in your company.
You can also consider developing some transferable skills which may come in handy during your next job interview or internal company appraisal. Also considering volunteering or taking on projects outside your comfort zone to get the opportunity to develop yourself.
As an example, working for a not for profit company may lead you to develop your skills in HR or alternately in Accounts or Business Development. You can use this experience to portray yourself as having gained experienced in these fields and become more valuable to your current employer or a great recruit for your next employer.
Robots will definitely take over some jobs, especially the low-skilled ones, in the near future.
However, it is not all lost for humans just yet. As long as you reskill and retrain yourself, you will definitely be able to survive the job churning that is already under way.
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