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5 jobs where robots could replace humans


According to a study by Oxford University, nearly half of all jobs in the USA will be done by robots within 20 years. Technical progress ensures that no one can really be sure not to be replaced by machines soon. Read in this blog post what robots already have today. You will be surprised that even in these 5 jobs robots are already replacing people - more or less.

As the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) recently predicted, Austria is one of the world's leaders in the field of robot density. At present, 144 robots are employed by 10,000 people. This ratio places the Alpine Republic 14th place in the worldwide ranking. This has dominated South Korea since 2010 with currently 631 robots - followed by Singapore (488) and Germany (309).


Half of the jobs are lost within 20 years

The robots take away work from us human beings - or, depending on our point of view, also away. According to a study published by Oxford University in 2013,47 percent of all jobs in the United States will disappear within two decades because they can be done by robots.

Some professions are already fixed in the hands of robots, and that is something we take for granted. Production lines on which welding robots line up with welding robots are no longer surprising anyone.

But which professions will disappear next? The US author, technical expert and connoisseur of the Silicon Valley answers this question quite simply: "Almost every job where someone sits in front of a screen and processes information is threatened." But this is a rather conservative assessment. Here you will find 5 jobs, which you will be surprised to find that they are already more or less satisfactorily performed by machines. The selection shows how versatile the robots' capabilities have become.
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1) Postman

This profession may have had a social function in addition to delivering mail in the past. Today, the time pressure is no longer accommodated. But moving shipments from one place to another as quickly as possible is something that machines can do better. They will surely come up with drones that are not only used by Amazon or DHL, but also by Austrian Post. Wrong thought. If these autonomous aircraft were to be delivered to the post office in the future, our skies would be black. The Transwheeler, on the other hand, reaches the receiver on the street right up to the front door. The device looks like a Segway without a passenger. It is still a prototype. But perhaps the Transwheeler can also be combined with a function that allows short conversations with the addressee of the broadcasts. This would enable the robot mailman to offer social contacts again. Deutsche Post, on the other hand, is currently testing a so-called "two-way route". It provides the human postman with a robot as a cargo donkey that can transport up to 150 kilograms. Perhaps this way is even the better solution: the human part of the delivery team talks to the recipient, the mechanical part carries the load.

2) Farmer

Many of us have so far escaped the fact that agriculture is a highly technological issue. This misconception is probably due to the colourful pictures from advertising, which only show farmers as nature-loving, lovable but often also a bit patchy contemporaries. The fact is that autonomous driving has long since arrived in agriculture - as the tractor manufacturer Lindner recently demonstrated once again. But that's not all. The Japanese engineer Makoto Koike realized a cucumber grading machine for his parents with relatively few resources and an artificial intelligence powered by Google, available via the cloud. His mother used to sort the vegetables into nine different quality levels in terms of shape, freshness, colour, scratches and spines. Now a robot does this not at all easy task. At the Berne University of Applied Sciences, a field robot is currently being developed that is able to sow fields completely autonomously or even fertilize them and at the same time work much more efficiently than a human being. Australian researchers, on the other hand, are working on a robot that takes over the herding and driving of cattle and other livestock.

3) Sex workers

Even the oldest trade is no longer safe from robots. Of course, the porn industry has always been regarded as a pioneer of digitalization - at present, for example, in the field of virtual reality. But it's surprising that smart hardware is now being used as well. True Companion has already launched a sex robot called Roxxy on the market. The rubber doll can talk, listen and respond to touch. However, their appearance is still very much in keeping with a stereotypical image of women - and is not very lifelike. The subject of sex robots, however, is controversial and attracts a lot of attention. Recently, the "Love and Sex with Robots" exhibition took place in London. The next one is planned for December at the University of Montana.


4) Creative Director

Imagination and creativity are two gifts that each of us would attribute exclusively to us human beings, perhaps some animals. But both can also be reproduced in machines, as they say. This is proven by the advertising agency McCann Erickson Japan, which has been using a Creative Director named AI-CD beta since 2016. As a rule, creative directors come up with advertising campaigns and strategies. This is also done by AI-CD beta. The device determines and evaluates data to develop the most effective advertising campaign strategy. For example, the machine examines whether weather, location or certain events have an impact on a campaign that is already underway. Or AI-CD beta analyzes the performance of advertisements on channels such as YouTube in order to draw conclusions and develop strategies. Incidentally, AI-CD beta brings its ideas and suggestions even on paper, thanks to a gripper arm and the ability to use a pen. Real creative people still prefer to write by hand. Even if they are made of sheet metal and plastic.


5) Professional athletes

At the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, a handful of robots proved that they also possess sportsmanship. At the "Ski Robot Challenge", eight teams had to master an approximately 80-meter-long giant slalom course as quickly as possible. The requirement was that the runners should have a minimum size of 50 centimetres and have a human-like appearance with knees and elbow joints. As a video of the participating company Minirobot proves, the competition turned out to be a kind of competition. Slalom commentator Hansi Hinterseer would say "absolutely overdriven". But he didn't, probably also because the competition was not part of the official IOC program. Robot athletes have so far ignored the International Olympic Committee. May the performance of the ski robots by no means match that of Marcel Hirscher and Co: In other sports, the performance of the robots is quite remarkable. For example during robot wrestling or robot soccer. Incidentally, the organizers of the RoboCup have set themselves the goal of putting together a team of autonomous humanoid robots by the year 2050, which will beat the current football world champion.


Conclusion: 5 jobs in which robots could replace humans

These five examples allow the assumption that sooner or later almost every job can be done by a machine. The German Institute for Work and Occupational Research offers a job-futuromat on the web. There you can enter your occupation and then find out which and how many of the associated employees can already handle robots today. A tip: Yoga teachers have exactly zero percent of yoga teachers - a criminal law lawyer has 17 percent.

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Franz Emprechtinger

Born in Ried im Innkreis. As former Head of Innovation, he was responsible for the entire project management and specializes in the areas of fuzzy front end and business model innovation.

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