More than 60 percent of Americans believe robots will do most of the work humans are doing, but 80 percent of those people think their jobs are safe from robotic automation. That kind of thinking may relieve some anxiety, but the truth is, robotic automation will be the force that replaces American jobs no matter what Trump or any other president tries to do to bring jobs back to America.
Robots are not new in the workforce. The auto industry and other manufacturing industries are using robots instead of people for many jobs, and the experts say the tipping point in robot use isn’t decades away; it is just a few years away. Even McDonalds has put its feet into the robot pond. The McDonalds on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City has “Create Your Taste” kiosks, and they allow customers to create their own burger without human interaction. Automated touch-screens are doing what humans do and they are doing it better.
The fast food sector is just one industry that will lose jobs to robots in the next couple of years. An Australian company has a robot that can lay 1,000 bricks and hour. It would take two humans at least eight hours to lay that many bricks. A San Francisco company has a robot that can roam supermarket aisles during business hours to ensure the shelves are adequately stocked with merchandise. The same robot also prices and places the merchandise on the right shelf. Those two examples are just the tip of the robotic iceberg.
Tech company, Qorus, helps companies create business documents accurately. Qorus reduces human error, increases productivity, and frees up employees so they can focus on other things. But technology like the Qorus system may replace human interaction completely. More information about Qorus can be found here: http://www.qorusdocs.com.
According to a 56-page report by the Cornerstone Capital Group, more than 7 million retail jobs will be automated out of existence over the next five to ten years. Most of those jobs will be cashier jobs. That means almost half of the retail workers won’t be working in retail anymore, thanks to robotic automation.
There are more than 265,000 robots working in American, and that puts America third on the list of robot using countries after China and Japan. The World Economic Forum predicts 15 nations will lose 5 million jobs over the next three years, and that is a conservative estimate. The International Labor Organization predicts Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines, will lose 137 million jobs or 56 percent of the workforce within the next ten years.
Robotic automation is a double-edged sword. Business needs this technology to stay competitive and to maintain profit margins. Robots were more science fiction than reality five decades ago, but robots are a reality now, and they will take millions of human jobs away, and that includes office jobs over the next three years. Even if Trump brings jobs back to the U.S., most of those jobs may go to robots, not humans.