Imagine you’re checking into a hotel. At the reception, you’re greeted by a friendly dinosaur that speaks multiple languages. Your hotel porter, a robot on wheels, escorts you gracefully to your room while assisting you with your luggage. Once you arrive at your room, you unlock your door through facial recognition instead of fumbling with keys or cards.
So how will this impact employment in the future? Will robots take over our jobs?
Based on the research by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, professors at the University of Oxford, here’s a list of jobs that are at risk of being taken over by robots.
(Illustration by Yazmyn Khairuddin)
So there you have it. While a number of jobs will be replaced with advanced machines, many seem to be limited to lower skilled occupations for now.
At the same time, there are still many tasks that humans can do better than robots, especially those that require complex use of hands, high creative intelligence and high social intelligence. In addition, new industries and jobs will be created, making way for a new economy to flourish.
To increase your employability and to be competitive in the workforce, it is crucial that you equip yourself with skills that are less likely to be computerised. The robots are coming, but you can outrun them.