Robots Are Coming For your Job
Getting a job is hard. An endless stream of resumés, applications and interviews will often end with prospective employees sitting at their computers with nothing to show besides a well-versed rejection email, or worse yet, nothing at all. Yet they continue to barrel, full-forced, with a fistful of cover letters and references addressed and targeted to every possible employer willing to hear why they are the most qualified, experienced candidate for that job.
Why? Because unemployment is scary. What’s even more frightening is the theory of technological unemployment, which is less of a theory and more of an impending reality.
Machines replacing humans in the job market seems like something you might see in a sci-fi film about the distant future. In reality, it’s not that far away. In fact, it’s already here.
Levy says that, for the time being, robots haven’t made a huge dent on most of the job market because of the cost. “They’re very expensive to implement and time consuming to maintain. I really don’t think it’s going to eliminate all the job market or labour market anytime soon but it’s definitely in place,” he said.
Another field that might be in danger of becoming automated is childcare. Aeon Co. is the largest retailer in Asia. The company introduced a robot at a store in Japan in 2008 whose job it was to babysit children while their parents shopped. To anyone who has a child, the idea of leaving one alone with a hunk of metal and code can be a terrifying thought. But the babysitting robots can tell jokes, recognize faces, ask questions and track where children are using a radio-frequency identification chip. Morgan Basile is a nanny for three children in Guelph, Ontario. She picks them up from school, cooks them food, plays games and helps them with their homework.
Basile said she has mixed feelings on whether a child could be negatively affected by the lack of a human caregiver.“In some ways this is an advantage if there are not enough caretakers for children in a certain area,” she says.However, Basile says she doesn’t think a program could adequately perform all of the duties she can.
“Robots are not able to provide the emotional support that a human can, which I believe is an important aspect of childcare,” she says.
Basile says she also worries about the safety of the child. “I can’t imagine a child feeling as safe with a robot as they do with a human, which is an important part of childcare,” she says. Pistono says, on a different level, lawyers, accountants, journalists, and high paying white-collar jobs are also ripe for disruption.