Robo Chef. Moley Robotics has invented a 100 percent automated, intelligent robot chef. The cooking automaton can learn recipes and techniques, whip up gourmet meals and even clean up after itself. Best of all, it can follow any recipe to the letter, precisely mimicking your favorite Michelin starred chef or cookery writer.
Manufacturing jobs may soon become a thing of the past. Machines have been replacing factory worker’s for decades, but majority or all robot factories have only recently become a reality.
Earlier this year Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn replaced 60,000 employees with robots, and China’s Everwin Precision Technology is in the process of replacing 90% of its factory workforce with robots.
Surgical robots are already taking over. Da Vinci launched its range of operating robots way back in 2000, they have since performed two million procedures. Ultra precise, robo surgeons are currently used for everything from knee replacement surgery to vision correction.
Futurologists predict robots will operate on patients independently and replace human surgeons.
Sales bot. Pepper isn’t just replacing teachers. The friendly android has snatched a fair few sales associate job roles from unsuspecting humans. Nestle uses Pepper robots to sell Dolce Gusto coffee pods and machines in department stores in Japan, as well as answer customer queries.
More than just a gimmick, the robots have been rolled out to 1,000 stores in the country.
Security bot. Security guard Robotic security guards are already patrolling businesses and look set to relieve more human protection agents of their jobs soon. Knightscope’s K5 robot constantly monitors its surroundings for suspicious behavior and can detect potentially criminal “audio events” such as glass breaking or people screaming. An impressive 24 of the robots patrol shopping malls and offices in Silicon Valley, California.
Shepherd The Australian Center for Field Robotics has developed a shepherd robot that can tend cattle, sheep, you name it, and effectively run a livestock farm. Packed with smart sensors, the robot is able to corral the animals in its care, monitor their health and analyze the quality of the pasture.
Vegetable farm. The world’s first robot farm is launching in Japan. The Vegetable Factory is an indoor hydroponic farm factory which will produce thousands of lettuces a day with minimal cost and human input required. Robots will water, feed, harvest and transplant the crops. In fact, they’ll do everything apart from sowing the seeds.
Pharmacist. Pill counting devices have been used by pharmacists for years, but thanks to the latest robotic prescription dispensing systems, hospitals can now use automatons to dispense prescriptions. The machines are noted for their accuracy. Thousands of people die each year as a result of human pharmacist errors, so it could only be a matter of time before these devices become ubiquitous.
Journalist. A robot writing reports or articles seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s already a reality. US tech company Narrative Science has pioneered natural language generation software called Quill that can transform raw data into intelligible reports and articles. The technology has been adopted by Forbes for its corporate earning reports, as well as Associated Press for financial and sports reports, replacing the journalist who would normally pen such things.
Robo Soldier. Weaponized drones have taken the place of hundreds of soldiers in combat situations. The U.S. Army for instance has used the technology extensively in the ongoing “War on Terror.” According to Gen. Robert Core, a quarter of U.S. combat soldiers will be replaced by robots by 2030, saving many American lives on the battlefield.
Receptionist. They may not provide as warm a welcome as a human receptionist, but robots are replacing real life people in this role. Robots check in guests at Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, and a multilingual android greets customers at the flagship branch of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in downtown Tokyo.
Accountant. Finance jobs are numbered. Humanoid accountant bots are still some way off, but many companies are already automating their accounts, to the point that some no longer require dedicated accounts payable and receivable employees. Firms such as Lexmark and Basware currently offer fully automated accounts systems that do everything from matching purchase orders to flagging invoices for payment.
Bartender. Cocktails can be hit or miss, you have rely on the skills of the mixologist, who may or may not be able to whip up a decent drink. Cue N1-C and B1-O. The star attraction of the Bionic Bar on the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, the robotic duo can mix any one of 300 cocktails to perfection in a matter of seconds.
Hospital administrator. Hospital admin staff have a key role organizing complex employee schedules and patient beds, but their job will soon become obsolete. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have already trialed a robot that can organize nurse’s schedules and source beds for patients.
Teacher. An educational robot called Pepper will be the UK’s first automated teacher when it enters classrooms at the London Design and Engineering University Technical College in September 2016. The meter high robot, which already ‘teaches’ at a school in Japan, is fitted with microphones, HD cameras and 3D sensors to enable it to interact with students and even detect their emotions.