Are AI Robots Going to Steal Your Job?

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Are AI Robots Going to Steal Your Job?

Human beings have worked diligently to create technologies that make our lives easier for millions of years. And every time we take a leap forward, we leave a class of workers behind. The invention of the wheel displaced people who carried bushel barrels and the Industrial Revolution put many cobblers and weavers out of work. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are no different. But the next rise of the machines will affect more than just manual labor workers. AI is poised to displace skilled and unskilled labor alike. As Kyle Reese said in The Terminator: “…it can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with, it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop…EVER, until you are (unemployed).”

Big Trouble In Little China

Just as China was quick to take advantage of trade deals that put American workers at a disadvantage, they are also not shy about displacing their own workers. A leader in the mobile phone manufacturing industry, the Changying Precision Technology Company has forged ahead and integrated robotics into one of its major plants. The factory once employed 650 people. But infusing robotic arms at most levels has allowed the corporation to reduce its workforce to a mere 60 people and defects have dropped 20 percent. The plant manager believes the factory may even replace another 40 people in time, without reducing productivity.

Enter The AI Ninja

In Japan, more than 30 people are expected to be laid off at Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance and replaced with AI. These are not people working in the mailroom or handling physical labor. The insurance company is using AI to help calculate claim payouts to policyholders and expects a complete return on investment within two years. It also believes efficiency will improve. These are fully white collar jobs that require thoughtful claims assessments. A 2015 report conducted by the Nomura Research Institute indicated that nearly half of all Japanese jobs could be replaced by AI in less than 20 years.

The Purge

There’s little doubt that huge numbers of skilled and unskilled workers can expect job loss and changes in the coming years. The U.S. lost about 2.4 million jobs to China, but robotics may actually be to America’s advantage in terms of bringing back factories. The major reason companies moved their plants overseas or south of the border was labor costs. But automation alone reduced manufacturing jobs by more than 80 percent and new robotics and AI are likely to reduce the workforce even more. That means large companies will likely look at regulation and transportation costs as more impactful than labor. This favors the current deregulation and America First trend. While there are fewer manufacturing jobs globally, it’s harder to undercut America’s labor force.

But the biggest impact to U.S. workers could come in other industries. Just like the Japanese have introduced AI to white collar tasks, America is likely to follow suit. But more troubling is the growing trend toward unmanned vehicles. The upside to greater factory productivity has long been transportation job growth. The driverless car could eventually decimate the taxi, trucking and delivery industries. But the truly bad news is that approximately six percent of all U.S. jobs will fall prey to AI during the next decade.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I had a twenty min conversation with an automated being just two weeks ago, she called me in regards to my follow up after signing up for online classes. She seemed professional, never felt like punching her during our talk. There is a pause maybe two or three during the follow up. She doesn’t answer to dirty humour or won’t give advice. Now, I do wonder how many people were actually people in my last ten years of life

  2. The US needs to man and woman up. Get off your rumps get active and stop living off ur parents. Less jobs means less reason to worry about ones health. Too many people trying playing gangster or mob child. The US was build on labor by humans it should stay that way.

  3. They should have enough time to be trained first or whose going to be left to buy goods? There are too many people not taking responsibility for their own actions or inaction now. Easier to blame someone else.there is a storm brewing.

  4. I retired from 45 years transporting everything from groceries to fuel across the country.and all it seemed to do was piss people off.now picture people jumping in front of an overrated toaster doing 70 mph with 80 tons driving down the highway.good luck 🍀

  5. The jobs that are not replaceable are those that require the ability to make or repair something by hand or with hand tools. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, seamstresses and Taylor’s, as well as those in the medical field. So if you’re looking for a good job look to the trades.

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