By RACHEL JANOSEC
More and more, it is evident that machines want our jobs and human workers can easily be replaced. No one is safe anymore from these robots and machines that are speeding ahead technologically. Even if you have been lucky enough to keep working through the economic downfall, no one should get too comfortable. Somewhere out there a machine is after your job and it doesn’t matter if you are a waiter, butcher, accountant, or even a journalist, you can be replaced.
Technology is advancing so quickly that virtually no career category is safe. Even human resources staffers could potentially be out of their jobs by a clever piece of software. Journalists and reporters are high on the list to be replaced and should take caution.
There is a bright side to all of this negativity though. It is proven time after time that technology has made life more fun and easier. Also, when robots help companies make more money, the companies have more money to invest, which in theory makes more and new jobs.
This threat of robots taking over office positions is more prevalent in emerging markets, so don’t be too worried just yet. Companies in emerging markets use just seven robots per 10,000 workers, compared with 130 per 10,000 workers in the U.S., 300 in Japan and 50 globally. A robot’s job search is eaiest in emerging markets where the companies have more ground to make up.
Automation is said to grow from 15 percent to 40 percent a year over the next five years, which makes a great investment theme.
The biggest robot invasion is expected to be in the auto, energy and food sectors, but eventually it will happen everywhere. Companies that will benefit the most from this invasion are Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Fanuc and Concur Technologies.
One example of these robots is called Take Baxter or Baxter the friendly Robot. Baxter is a freshly minted two-armed robot with a pair of eyes displayed on a screen on its head. Baxter sees with built-in cameras and uses sonar to detect when people are nearby so that it can safely slow down. Baxter can see, learn new tasks and work safely alongside of others. Baxter is so human that it is almost scary and could do any task a human can do.
Every working person should be alarmed by how easily their jobs can be stolen from right under their feet by these advancing machines.