Human Jobs That A.I. Robots Will Eventually Take Over in the Upcoming Years

During 2017 it was hard to escape predictions that artificial intelligence is about to change the world. In 2018, this is unlikely to change. However, an increased focus on repeatable and quantifiable results is likely to ground some of the “big picture” thinking in reality.


Advances in AI and automation has been making the mainstream news as of late. It’s not just Filipinos or Mexicans taking white people’s jobs, our robot overlords are taking over the playing field too. Of course, that’s just a joke. I mean, the former is a joke but the latter is true. AI and automation will soon actually displace many people in the workforce.

Think of it like when the first automobile was invented. Many horse-drawn carriage drivers lost their jobs because people slowly started to prefer automobiles. Same happened with the invention of the printing press. Many scribes, those who copied books manually for a living lost their jobs.

To take a modern approach, just take a look at the factories we have now. Big machines everywhere producing and wrapping and boxing products at every turn. From bread to bottles of soda to computers and automobiles.

Factory Workers

One of the biggest victims of automation will be people working on the assembly line making small parts fit with bigger parts in order to build a music player, a game console, a smartphone, you name it. In fact, a revolution has already started in China. Specifically, in Dongguan City in Guangdong province.



A technology company opened a factory cut down their number of employees from 650 to just 60 and production rose by 162.5% with 5% defect rate down from 25%. According to the company, they plan on lowering their number of human employees to just 20 in the near future. These employees are just there to monitor the systems.

Accountants

In the past, when people wanted to joke around with accountants they used to say, “Of course, accountants just count numbers so it’s only very possible that their job can be easily taken over by a computer”. But today more than ever this statement is becoming very true.

In fact, the “Big Four” companies namely; EY, PwC, KPMG, and Deloitte, that provide services like tax audits, accounting, and other meticulous professional services, agree that the need for accountancy graduates will be halved by 2020.

Just recently, SMACC, a financial management company, secured a $3.5 million funding for their AI accounting system. So, what do you think about the future of accountants?

Service Crew

McDonald’s has begun fully automating their fast food chains. Building a fast food chain fully operated by robots (with two or three humans for maintenance) is actually cheaper than training and hiring human employees for the service industry, and many food service industry executives agree.
In fact, a McDonald’s franchise in Phoenix is fully run by robots. Well, not fully because it is also staffed by humans whose job is to make sure the robots are all operational.



If McDonald’s little experimentation continues successfully, what would stopping other big fast food chains and service-related businesses to follow through.

Writers

Well, robots merely follow a given set of instructions and you can’t teach them how to be creative, right guys?

AIs, basic and advanced, have begun writing and editing on their own. The case in point is Google’s AI which is a dramatic fiction writer. As is with all Google-related AIs, it uses Google’s neural networks to produce something magnificent. Here’s the paper published by Google about this matter.


This was the only way. It was the only way. It was her turn to blink. It was hard to tell. It was time to move on. He had to do it again. They all looked at each other. They all turned to look back. They both turned to face him. They both turned and walked away.

Though it sounds like an angsty teen wrote it, and that’s because the AI was fed with 12,000 romance novels among other things. It literally learned from the material it was given, just like humans!
Also, have you heard about EMMA, the AI-enabled plagiarism detector that can easily identify authorship if a specific number of documents are uploaded to it.

Translators and Language Teachers

Of course,  its Google again with their AI and propensity for making everyone understand each other, no matter what the language. We all saw this coming with Google Translate a decade ago, but their system of translation is getting better with their neural network.


Instead of comparing words and phrases and translating them like in the dictionary, this new method they developed over several years they are taking a step away from direct translations and have entered the contextual translation.

For example, there are specific words that are hard to translate into another language. What Google does is it breaks the sentence down and treats them as separate, then uses context to provide a proper translation.

Of course couple this with Waverly Labs’ real-time translation device (among the many) and you’ll find yourself talking to everyone on the planet in no time.

Sum and substance

There’s nothing to fear in the near future, of course, but it won’t hurt if you steer clear from these professions and trades.



In fact, the world is in need of more tradesmen and craftsmen now more than ever because almost everyone is going to college and is over saturating the professional fields ‐ all the while forgetting other trades like farming, electronic repairing, plumbing, crafting, and other jobs that do not require college degrees.

Im sure in 2018 AI and machine learning will still be making headlines, and there are likely to be more sensationalized claims about robots wanting to take our jobs or even destroy us. However, stories about real innovation and progress should start to receive more prominence as the promise of the smart, learning machines increasingly begins to bear fruit.

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