Nearly half of the jobs in America today may soon be done by robots.
Updated: September 13, 2017
TV news is getting robotic.
Japanese audiences are awaiting the debut of the first known robot news anchor — a female, humanoid automaton called Erica, this April, according to a report Monday from the Wall Street Journal.
While it’s unlikely that TV news anchors have any major reason to fear for their jobs in the immediate term, Oxford University research has shown that nearly half of American jobs are at risk of obsolescence due to robots or computers within the next two decades.
What’s more, there are some jobs that robots can already do well that may surprise you. Here are ten.
The RoboThesbian is a life-sized “humanoid” robot who can sing, tell jokes and do impressions.
This is music to a techie’s ears: In September, a two-armed robot named YuMi conducted the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra in Pisa, Italy, leading musicians in playing pieces including La Donna e’Mobile, a renowned aria from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. However, the robot is unable to improvise, leaving it vulnerable to musicians’ changes in tempo (which could be “ruinous,” the AP reported).
A tiny robot, only weighing a few pounds, sits atop a camel at these races in Abu Dhabi.
At the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, a robot named Botlr brings your bags up to the room.
A shiny blue, one-armed robot serves cocktails onboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
At a pharmacy in San Francisco, a robot brings drugs to the patients. During the robot’s initial trial run, it made no errors despite doling out 350,000 doses.
The Associated Press uses robots to write thousands of stories now.
A restaurant in China uses robots instead of humans to wait on its customers.
Pizza delivery person
Domino’s revealed this past spring that it would use robots to deliver some of its pizzas starting this summer. The small, six-wheeled devices go 4 miles per hour and will drop the pizzas off within a one-mile radius of its stores in the Netherlands and Germany.
Robot soldiers can dismantle bombs, shoot guns and more. By one estimate, robots will replace about one-fourth of U.S. combat soldiers by 2030.
This story was originally published on Sept. 13, 2017, and has since been updated with the news about Japan’s upcoming, robotic TV news anchor.
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