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9 Jobs A Robot Can Do Instead of You (Slideshow)

9 Jobs A Robot Can Do Instead of You (Slideshow)
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Jobless claims have decreased to their lowest level in a month. This is good news, but tempered by the U.S. unemployment rate remaining at 8.3 percent for a second month. Could robots be the reason?

As Alex Hern writes in the New Statesman,we face a future of a “jobless recovery” not because of outsourcing work to China, not because of too many government regulations, but because there really are machines that, like Rosey the housekeeping robot in the Jetsons cartoon, can do tasks once thought only doable by humans.

Hern reviews an analysis of anew National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by theWashington Post’s Dylan Matthews. Since the 1980s, jobs that involve “routine” tasks, defined as “activities that can be performed by following a well-defined set of procedures,” have been disappearing. The labor market has is becoming increasingly polarized:

At one end of the market are non-routine cognitive jobs, “such as physicians, public relations managers, financial analysts, computer programmers, and economists” (and, one would hope, journalists), while at the other end are non-routine manual occupations “including janitors, gardeners, manicurists, bartenders, and home health aides”. Polarisation of the labour market comes from technological improvement replacing people in routine jobs, both manual and cognitive “secretaries, bank tellers, retail salespeople dressmakers, cement masons, and meat processing workers.”

Who needs a secretary when there’s email and automated phone trees, or a store clerk when you can scan the barcodes of the contents of your grocery cart?

Here are nine jobs that robots can do — which is to say, nine jobs that we humans may find ourselves shut out from and all too soon.

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10:54AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

To raczej ciekawostka, mam nadzieję, że jednak roboty nie zastąpią człowieka, nie chciałabym żyć w takim świecie.

7:47AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Then you wonder why the Elites want to reduce global population by 85-90% as of 2025. They want to download their brains and intelligence into a large computerized environment; to be called up into a Borg like vessel when they need to function in the 3D world. Most of us won't be necessary to them or their existence. 3D population will be monitored; controlled and only a select few will be allowed to breed to continue to maintain the production of food and necessary goods.

7:27AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Thank you for the article.

10:33PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

While indoor plumbing, a washer and dryer for instance are technological advancements which save time, more often than not technological advancements are a headache. As with the example of the self checkout at the grocery store, generally they are not as efficient or expedient as a human. Additionally, self checkouts still require maintenance and supervision from humans. To further illustrate my point, books can be more efficient than a computer. For instance, books can be accessed without fancy equpiment, only require some light and your eyes, and depending on the book, can be transported anywhere. Additionally, books are more durable. They can be dropped, handled roughly and even sustain liquid damage. Liquid damage to a computer means almost certain death. Some mechanization and technological advancement is necessary to live comfortably, but it disturbs me that people uncritically assume that more mechanization means more comfort/ease in their lives when too often increased mechanization is a source of frustration and annoyance.

3:34PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Hi, Krisi W., you do realize that replacing 70% of the remaining jobs with robots entails the 70% of people not having a job starving to death on the street along with those already unable to find work, right?

Although I suppose automated pick-up of the randomly scattered corpses and dying for disposal might be too tricky and there might be some low-paying jobs created doing that.

The point is to save industry having to pay people wages and benefits at all, not to make life better for the bottom 80% - and actually higher, if lawyers and such are to replaced as well.

Although the replacement of CEOs would no doubt initially result in their getting paid millions for nothing, in the end, they'd logically be found disposable as well, and there'd be an automated world with a few surviving families owning it all - and having nobody left alive to sell anything to - so yes, in the end, potential freedom from labour for all of remaining humanity, if they could survive OK in the bunkers shielding them from the hell they're making of the Earth, lol.

Industrialization was supposed to bring us all prosperity and reduce labourING for all, not suck everything up to the top few percent - so we know where this is going.

2:27PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Writings by robots... This explains a lot.

12:12PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

More than 70% of jobs could be replaced by machines right now. And that's how it should be! Down with the monetary system and up with a resource-based economy where we all live in perfect harmony!

2:41AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012


9:13AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

This is actually bad for limits jobs and makes for poor economy...sometimes I wonder why we went into computer/robot age! What people were thinking??

5:15AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

All of these seem like really stupid ideas.

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