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Will a Robot Steal your Job?


Robots will take over most of these jobs within 30 years, experts warn. If you are doing any of the following jobs, you are in danger of surrendering it to a robot, since somewhere in the world; they are already doing your job!

Stockroom worker

A robot stockroom worker can easily outperform a human worker in efficiency and accuracy.

3,000 Kiva robots zoom around Amazon’s warehouse floors moving inventory.

German fashion retailer, Solebox is using robots to staff its shoe stockroom.

Both the automotive and electronics manufacturing industry have experienced the benefits of replacing human workers with robots for many years.


Your next cocktail aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas ship may be served by none other than a dancing robot; the cruise line has added two of these—named the N1-C and the B1-O—to its new ship.

Meanwhile, in the German town of Ilmenau at a bar called Robots Bar and Lounge, a robot will serve up the drinks.

Sous Chef

Noodlebot will cut a specific type of noodle called dao xiao mian, or “knife cut noodles,” and works faster than chefs. The robot is not only faster, but more accurate, and cuts 150 noodles a minute.

Bulldozer Drivers

Restrictions on visas for blue-collar workers caused the worst labor shortage in 20 years for Japan. In an effort to remedy the issue, Komatsu — the second largest construction company in the world — is using robo-dozers that are led by drones.


Soldier robots can handle everything from dismantling land mines to engaging in front-line combat.


Currently, at the University of California, San Francisco, computers receive the prescriptions and robots package and dispense them.


There are already wine-bots, which prune vines in vineyards, and lettuce-bots, which pull up the weeds near the base of the plant, among many other farming robots.

Bomb Squad

Bomb squads use robots, which often can better dispose of the bombs while minimizing the risk to human lives.


Business journalists—especially those who focus on numbers-heavy stories like market reports—and sports journalists who do a lot of numbers analysis—may be most at risk.


The company, who makes the Roomba, iRobot, also makes the Scooba 450, which will scrub the floors, as well as a sweeping and gutter-cleaning robot.

Paralegals and doc-review-focused attorneys

Silicon Valley-based Blackstone Discovery offers that service—it can search both words and concepts—without the need for human hours.

Tellers and Clerks

At least one bank is trying to drastically reduce that cost: at more than a dozen Coastal Federal Credit Union branches in the U.S., consumers won’t find a single bank teller when they walk into a branch; instead, they’ll find “personal teller machines” that do much of what the teller could.


The Humber River Hospital in Toronto is using robots to deliver patient care. Robots there are capable of mixing chemotherapy for patients, taking radiation scans, and making food and medical supplies deliveries.


An Android named, Geminoid F is starring in a Japanese film based on a play by Oriza Hirata. But Geminoid F still requires a human to control her.

Delivery Drivers

Drones and driverless cars are taking over this function. Domino’s Pizza has introduced “DRU”, a self-driving vehicle developed by Sydney-based company Marathon Targets, delivering freshly made pizza to waiting for customers in New Zealand.

Two former co-founders of Skype at Starship Technologies have developed a food delivery robot that can transport up to 10 kilograms or 3 shopping bags to homes within 15-30 minutes in a 3-mile radius.


A dexterous humanoid robot named Robonaut has been designed and built at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. They are continuing their research to build robots that can help humans work and explore in space.

Store Clerks

In many department stores around the world today, store clerks and cashiers are being replaced by virtual assistants and self-serve machines.


Would you let a robot entertain your child?

Several mechanical child-sized babysitters have been introduced to the market. One is iPal developed by Avatar Mind, with offices in China and Silicon Valley. iPal is able to keep three-to-eight-year-olds entertained for “a couple of hours” without adult supervision. It can sing, dance and even play rock, paper scissors!

Another, named Pepper, an emotionally responsive human-like robot was built by SoftBank, a Japanese technology company. It retails for an affordable $2299.18 CAN.


Robots can reach areas that are inaccessible to humans and provide crucial help in rescuing victims from natural disasters.

If you’re still concerned, check out this cool online calculator that the BBC has developed to check if your job will be automated in the next 2 years:

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