The existential threat posed by the rise of the machines has spurred talk of guaranteeing a basic universal income, as well as led to attacks on hitchhiking robots and self-driving cars. We’ve spent the last several years documenting the different ways that automation will take jobs. We know that artificial intelligence is threatening white-collar jobs, which is why you might want to encourage your kid to cut back on the sugar and start training for the jobs of the future. Presumably, if you have the shadow of a soul, you won’t want to get into human resources and recruitment, insurance, or law.
For those who shower at the end of the day, there’s certainly no future in jobs like flipping burgers or serving coffee. But, you know what, that’s OK. Because some jobs are so dull, dangerous, debilitating, or mundane – like construction worker, butcher, garbage sorter, janitor, or bricklayer – that human beings probably shouldn’t be doing them in the first place. That’s what led ag giant Cargill to invent a robotic cattle driver to improve worker safety based on a Russian robot used for security, because cattle injure hundreds of would-be cowboys who watched too many episodes of Rawhide when they were younger. We’re also turning robots into roughnecks, not just rednecks, as we drill ever deeper for black gold with the help of underwater robots.
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