Everyone always talks about how robots are going to steal our jobs. Some researchers estimate that advanced robots could swipe tens of millions of jobs away from fleshbag humans in the coming 30 years. One of the obvious and imminent threats is driving vehicles, which could replace all transit, trucking, and taxi jobs within the next 25 years.
But let’s stop with the negativity. As a cheesy inspiration poster once said: “When one door closes, another opens.”
Throughout the history of technology, new developments have always threatened to shift the status quo of job markets, whether it was the invention of the wheel, the plow, the printing press, the steam engine, or the Internet. In many of these instances, the advances helped move more humans away from repetitive, dangerous, and less-skilled roles, and towards more highly skilled technical jobs.
Just think of the Luddites, the derogatory slur for someone who’s foolishly out of touch with the present day. The name comes from a group of English textile workers in the early 1880s, who destroyed newly-developed weaving machinery that reduced the need for their labor.
Dr Hector Gonzalez-Jimenez, an expert on social robotics and marketing at the UK's University of York, has recently written a piece for The Conservation that explains a few fun ways in which robots could help create some jobs (for the time being at least).
According to Gonzalez-Jimenez, “robot nurses” will be a must. In other words, there’s going to be increasing demand for skilled workers who understand mechanical technology, as well as have knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. There’s currently just 13,800 of these jobs in the US, but that number will likely slowly increase over the coming years. The salary isn’t half bad either.