Robots have already taken over many jobs once held by humans and it is a matter of time before they take over even more. Soon, it will be normal to see driverless cars and little robot dogs playing in the park. With advancements in technology, many jobs typically performed by humans are being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI). Below are industries that are significantly impacted by automation:
Cars that are fully autonomous, or self-driving cars, will be hitting the road in the next few years. In fact, personal self-driving cars are expected to be on the market by 2018, with commercial applications not far behind. The popularity of self-driving cars will increase as Uber plans to acquire 24,000 autonomous Volvo SUVs.
Shortly, you can expect to see more people being dropped off at places without a driver. Although this could put many transportation workers out of business, some predict that driverless cars will save the U.S. $1.3 trillion a year by 2035 to 2050, for a global annual saving of $5.6 trillion. Self -driving cars will also help improve transportation in many ways including, decreasing the risks of accidents, alleviate traffic congestion, and lower energy costs.
Canada and the U.S. have seen 5.6 million factory jobs disappear from 2000 t0 2010. This resulted in 85 percent of job losses from automation, compared with only 13 percent of job losses due to international trade.
The manufacturing industry is one of the first industries to use AI robots to assemble products and package them for shipment. These are used to assemble more complicated items, including electronic cars, and home appliances.
Packaging and Shipping
Packing and shipping industries have incorporated robots for some time to make distribution more effective. Amazon is at the forefront of automation when it comes to shipping. In 2014, the the e-commerce company began rolling out robots to its warehouses, using machines developed by Kiva Systems. Kiva Systems is a company Amazon bought for $775 million in 2012.