Robotics is a field which is making huge advances at the moment, and has already greatly reduced the need for human workers. From manufacturing to service work, robots have begun to replace humans at an astonishing rate. Even in areas where we would least expect it, such as medicine, robots have been taking the roles of humans.
Today’s children play with toys which involve mechanics and Lego. These include robotics and coding, children are becoming amazing at using this technology for advancing the pursuit of science experiments.
It certainly seems possible that one day there will be very few jobs left for human workers as robots learn to carry out tasks much more quickly and efficiently than even the best humans can. This could be problematic in causing huge levels of unemployment, particularly for those in areas where factory work is one of the only options for work.
We could eventually see the benefits of robot workers however, in that the cost of goods will come down as we no longer need to pay humans for their labor. We will also be able to mass-produce goods at previously unmentionable rates.
Robots are even taking the role of humans in service industries. Often, when phoning up customer services, you must first speak to a robot who guides you to the correct department, based on your answers to the questions it asks.
There is even work being carried out into making robots which very closely resemble humans, and are capable of having an extremely life-like conversation with us. They can learn which questions to ask and how to respond to you, and they can also learn to recognize and name different objects much like a child.
Whilst there are ultimately some fields which could never be taken over by robots, the number of areas which they are now capable of working in is growing rapidly all the time. We don’t need to worry about being replaced altogether in the near future, but for the next generation it certainly is a possibility.