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 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 25, 2012 9:20AM
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When I was in the service in the 60's, I was an electronic tech. The radios we had came out with the NEW generation. If a fault was detected, it "repaired" itself by automatically selecting a backup circuit. However a human had to repair the backup board replacing the bad components by hand. Then came the disposable circuit boards!!!
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 25, 2012 8:28AM
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yes its all and well, but a human has to build the robots that builds the robots and so far diagnosis,repair, and maintanence of these 'machines' are still done by skilled humans, and is unlikely to change any time soon, current robots are made for a specific task, humans are not. I don't see robots as replacing humans, Rather shifting our roles in the workplace/industry. unfortunatly the days of putting a screw in a widget on an assembly line for 8hrs and going home without using 1/2 a minutes worth of brain power all day are gone, as Darwin says, adapt or go extinct. its just pushing more and more for a highly skilled work force, with an Aging and shrinking population there are and will be plenty of jobs, just not the 'Traditional' jobs that people have grown accustomed too of our parents and grandparents days.
Oct 25, 2012 8:19AM
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just imagin automated farms

auto factorys

houseing

3d remote teaching

we should only have to work ninty days out of the year

if you get of your **** and vote and stay informed

 

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 7:19AM
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Unless they make a machine that is perfect (never brakes down mechanically) which I don't see that happening in the near or far future! No robot knocking at my back door just more people wanting my services. so keep building those imperfect junk yards it keeps me going!!! 
Oct 25, 2012 6:42AM
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Technology is projected to change required job skills by 50% in 3 to 5 years. We need to update our colleges curriculum to reflect those changes.

Oct 25, 2012 6:26AM
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All i can stay this is a good thing. I went from being a Operator to a Controls Engineer, I now Program Robots and The Rockwell Software that is being used, always over time and my base is 52,000 a year
Oct 25, 2012 5:22AM
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Some day there will be a very few with all the money and a whole bunch of people fighting for some food. Just because you can does not mean it the right thing to do. It really has not changed that much since the days of Mr Frick. They cant treat you as a slave any more so they will just cut you out.
Oct 25, 2012 4:11AM
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Robotics is evolving.  The jobs being replaced were starting in the 1980's and according to this article are now becoming more widespread.  However before we all become unemployed remember -there are huge costs to this transition. 
Small companies would be hard pressed to afford robots.  I would not want a robot in food service for example. One way to be prepared for this is to study two or more career paths and possibly jobs concerning how to fix and repair robots!


Oct 25, 2012 4:11AM
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WHY DONT THE PEOPLE STILL GET PAID FOR THIER JOB IF A ROBOT TAKES IT THE PRICES DONT GET LOWER SO WHY NOT SOONER OR LATER THERE WONT BE ANYONE TO BUY WHAT YOUR SELLING
Oct 25, 2012 1:00AM
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Just think of the nice things to look forward to. No more work. Fixed income. Get in line to talk to a machine. Weight for your check to come every month. Oh it doesn't come to you anymore. You have a chap in your head. Just walk to the scanner. And they'll pick Whatever you need. If you don't have any more credits . Go back to the end of the line. Remember machines are in control. They'll take care of everything.  that be so nice. It'll be so nice you won't have and identity. You will be just like the machine. so you thought were so great. If you talk about the machine in any way. They will come and arrest you. So cheer up. Tings are going to be looking up.  when we let the machines control our world.
Oct 25, 2012 12:39AM
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Great he can replace the lazyazzzz employees at my company!

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 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 11:14PM
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there are plenty of jobs everywhere. you just have to tell the man/woman doing the interview that you are a republican. seriously!

I own a diesel mechanic biz, and if a potential employee came across as a liberal it would be a definate "I'll call you in a weak after i do a few more interviews" lol.

 

btw .. obamacare is the worst thing that has ever happened to business owners. One of my customers told me today that he now is paying $2500 a month on one employee's healthcare and will have to until the man's daughter turns 26, and he is a small business owner with only 9 employees.

 

If obama wins again. I GUARANTEE MASSIVE LAYOFFS NATIONWIDE!!!!

small businesses only hope is R/R2012

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 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!!
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