11 more machines that want your job

As technology and robotics speed ahead, it sometimes seems there's no human worker who can't be replaced. Consider these alternatives to butchers, music execs, traffic reporters and more.

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Oct 24, 2012 10:20PM
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I don't pay my bills online, still use the old payment method of mailing a check.  WHY? It may not be as "convenient" or "fast" as paying online, but I think I'm saving jobs.  The postal carrier must deliver it, someone must open the envelope and record payment, then some person at the bank must process the check.  Yo People, the lust for CONVENIENCE is killing jobs!  Think about that the next time you make a digital transaction.  If you pay with cash, big brother won't know your every move, preferences and habits.  Drop the tech toys and transact with the person next to you.
Oct 22, 2012 11:50AM
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If machines and China keep taking our jobs Romney will be wrong about that 47%.It

will be 77% in a few years.

Oct 19, 2012 9:45AM
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The big question is, what would people ultimately do for money? Especially in high cost, crowded metropolitan areas where you can't exactly subsistence farm.
Oct 18, 2012 10:57PM
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I'm a television operator in a network station.  We have this discussion every day.  I'm now a camera operator in a robotics tv station.  I'm also a microwave operator and media specialist.  All areas that face extinction in my lifetime.
Oct 19, 2012 12:15PM
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I repair electronic/robotic equipment for a living.  So I guess for me this is job security??
Oct 19, 2012 12:14PM
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I am a gospel preacher. It would be quite interesting if one could replace my job.  Of course, it probably would not be any worse than most of the mindless drivel you hear coming from the pulpit these days.....
Oct 19, 2012 12:20PM
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Kind of reminds me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Someone is going to have to design, implement, and repair the robots.  There's always a different way of looking at things.
Oct 24, 2012 9:00PM
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It's funny how so many people are trying to convince themselves that certain jobs are safe.  They're not.  This is exponential improvement and growth. 

 

"Who will deliver the food in the restaurant?"  Really?  I've already seen restaurants that have touch screens and then a trolley system.  It's very easy, has been around for a long time.  "I fix robots..." great, except another robot can do that.

 

Nurses?  So we'll never see robots that can clean a person, put a thermometer in their mouths (won't have to, will have infra-red sensors to take your temp...).

 

Don't picture clumsy, humanoid robots.  Imagine high-tech rooms that do everything.

 

Where will we be then?  Just like any other cycle, the rich will get richer and the rest will have to fall in line and get with the program...be told what's what (maybe to an extreme north Americans aren't used to, but that plenty of people around the world certainly are.

Oct 24, 2012 11:41PM
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I'm a locomotive engineer retired and I know that soon, this job will soon be going remote control and that is a scary thought. Human factors taken out will make old jobs obsolete but it is true that new ones will take place. We need to remind our children to prepare for them.

Oct 25, 2012 9:15AM
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Oh noooooo!!  The electric light is going to put the candle makers out of business!  MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP!

Oct 18, 2012 7:44PM
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I guess when they find one that can drive a truck that loads and delivers gas products I will just have to retire ha ! I over my life time have become skilled in many trades in construction and in the oil field, still own a welding shop and I suppose when the machine learns to drive the truck I will go back to my shop and play around ha ! I am blessed with a good wife that cooks and so around the house I work for my keep, if the machine would like this job it is a trade that I can handle.
Oct 24, 2012 7:56PM
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Been saying robots will take our jobs for 50 years, I work on robots, it won't happen. 
Oct 25, 2012 9:22AM
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I remember many years ago has a child watching a 'Twilight Zone episode' where a boss has  a  robot replace many of his workers. In the end he is fired by the same robot. Art imitating life becoming reality? What the share holders will gain up front will be temporary. When people can't buy products.
Oct 24, 2012 9:59PM
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Look, These machines may take away Jobs but as far as eating out. I think most people would want a waiter or waitress. Just look at ATM machines and Costomer service for banks and tech support. Lots of people still prefer a human on the other side of the phone and a bank teller to a ATM. Just like many folks prefer a real person at the Grocery store over Self Check outs. I for one will go to Mcdonalds any day over McRobots.........
Oct 24, 2012 11:24PM
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im a mechanic,theres no way a robot could possibly do my my job.

to many robots,to fewer jobs.That sucks.hire people,keep jobs going.

Oct 24, 2012 9:59PM
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time for technology to be halted to assistance only. i will never own an mp3/itunes player. i am only interested in cds/dvds/lps/cassettes/laserdiscs. digital technology is turning into a fascist industry closing into "terminator" status......YIKES!!!! even robot pets make me sick!!
Oct 24, 2012 8:00PM
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ya i just got one of thoes new viberating bike seats,love it,my wife hates it.
Oct 24, 2012 8:02PM
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The medical field will always need human beings.

Nurses, your jobs are safe.

Oct 25, 2012 8:05AM
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I can see robots taking over some jobs that may be too dangerous or very, very redundant but wait staff at a restaurant (touch screen on your table)? come on. most of the time I like interacting with PEOPLE at a restaurant and they can make good recommendations about the menu. The same thing at McDonalds. Geez, how many people started out at McDonalds or some other fast food place during high school? if robots take over the ordering, where will high schoolers get part time jobs? Not every one can be the cook or mow a lawn. I love technology but at what COST???

after reading this I won't even think about buying a roomba. I'll just turn on the radio, fire up the vac and clean my own house with my own hands. And that goes for my car, my boat, my meals, my lawn and my life.

Oct 25, 2012 12:40PM
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I want robots to take our jobs... Technology has been headed in that direction since the beggining. Robots are constantly making the quality of life better. Who has a Phone? a Television? a computer? a refrigerator? an oven? these are all things that have taken human jobs. The problem is that the more computers we have doing our jobs in this Democratic capitolistic society that we seem to love so much, allows one person to gain the wealth for the machines that have taken over. We need to rethink our system into a socialistic resource based economy. If we did everybody would be rich and live happy. We could have machines do everything, as long as we don't have greedy people, we would be fine. But Americans especially are stubborn and not willing to try.
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