Would it not be lovely to have an employee who could deliver 100% error-free results time again. And that too without getting tired or asking for leaves! We bet it would and that is why artificial intelligence is finding rapid acceptance in the manufacturing as well as the service industry. This is, however, creating major ripples in the job sector. Simply because people are increasingly fearing about losing their jobs to robots.
It is estimated that AI will take up 50% of the jobs within the coming 15 years for bringing in greater efficiency and also diminishing the level of associated errors. The best AI apps which can be easily downloaded on your smartphone can make your life easier on the go. Today we are going to take a look at some of the jobs which stand at greatest risk due to AI advancement.
Front desk and customer engagement
The first thing which a potential customer notices after walking inside the premises of an organization is the receptionist. This is why a lot of importance is given to this profession which serves as the initial face of the organization to the external world. From booking appointments to letting customers know about the available products and services, a receptionist needs to do it all without getting worked up.
This is where an AI-powered robot can come into play. By delivering constant information and that too in a variety of languages. You can take the example of Pepper the semi-humanoid robot which is increasingly used in the medical facilities and banks of Japan, Belgium, and the UK.
Data entry services serve as the steppingstone of the entire analytics infrastructure which leads to its massive demand in the past few years. The continuous evolution of technology has created a demand for automated processes to replace manual data entry. This is expected to bring down chances of errors apart from being a faster and more responsive method to collate data. You can take the example of Machine Learning which can enter a big amount of data within a matter of a few seconds once it has learned the art of data processing. Cloud computing is another tool used by modern-day businesses for managing complex data in an efficient manner.
Logistics and supply chain
eCommerce companies have started involving robotics for bringing automation to the process of packaging and product sorting. Robots can be specially programmed for sorting and packing products in accordance with the delivery requirements. AI helps in creating datasets by leveraging data platforms to regulate different patterns as well as anomalies. Voice assistant such as Alexa, Cortana and Siri are helping customers in keeping track of their orders through the website of the respective logistics partner. Alexa is also able to place calls to the customer support center of the courier so that the customers can solve all their problems in a seamless fashion.
AI has also found wide acceptance in different warehousing activities which helps in automating and interconnecting various internal processes. Advanced methods like location intelligence and geocoding are helping in allocating vehicles on a real-time basis apart from finding the best route of delivery. As robots and drones are slowly taking the place of delivery people and couriers, it’s just a matter of few more years until the logistics industry gets fully dominated by automation.
With the rising number of road accidents due to a variety of reasons ranging from speeding to drunk driving, it is only a matter of time until AI takes over the entire automotive industry. Artificial intelligence can offer the dual functionality of either driver assistance or the fully autonomous mode. The first can be thought of as co-piloting which powers different advanced safety features. AI can alert the drivers by analyzing multiple sensors in the form of blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic detectors, emergency braking and a lot more.
Tesla has turned into a global leader of the electric car market and is slowly trying to gain the same position in self-driving segment. Its Autopilot software uses a plethora of ultrasonic sensors, eight cameras, forward-facing radar, etc. Sensory data gets turned into vehicle control data once the same is fed into an AI program. So, even if you are not in the mood of instructing your car about your destination, it can simply look up your calendar and take you there.
The food industry
It doesn’t really matter much if you cannot cook all your meals with similar proficiency. But for a chef, cooking skills matter a lot especially when the guests coming over to your restaurant demand finger-licking food every day without fail. Maybe this is why the demand for robotics is being felt at an increasing scale in culinary practices. And if you thought that robots which require high-end cooling fans to retain its efficiency cannot deliver equal performance in the hot kitchen environment, then it’s time to say hello to Chef Watson by IBM. Thorough knowledge of flavor pairings and chemistry helps it in preparing delicious and innovative recipes from scratch.
Moley Robotics has come up with the world’s very first AI-powered kitchen. The AI system can prepare your favorite dishes with the flair of a professional chef. It comes equipped with an oven, tactile sensors, a dishwasher, an electric stove, and a touchscreen unit. The unit helps its robotic hands interact with a plethora of kitchen appliances. Including whisks, blenders, hob, and knives. A wired glove and integrated 3D camera capture the entire operation of a human chef. The video gets uploaded into a database and translated into digital movements coupled with gesture recognition algorithms. Users can benefit out of this using its smartphone app or built-in touchscreen to exercise manual control over ingredients and special cooking instructions.
If you thought that AI is an all-inclusive concept, then you are completely mistaken. Even artificial intelligence has some loopholes (thankfully) which helps in keeping certain job sectors outside the danger zone. For starters, AI is of no help in conceptualizing or managing complex strategic planning. It also cannot replace human intervention in jobs requiring precise hand-eye coordination such as extremely advanced surgical procedures.
AI becomes completely nullified in unchartered areas which require detailed observation before taking an end call. Human touch and feel are something which simply cannot be replaced by robots. This also makes professions requiring creativity and compassion safe from the massive upcoming AI wave.