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Will a Robot Take Your Job?

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Will a robot take your job? With technological breakthroughs in the past 20 years, this question is becoming a reality. In fact, companies like Apple have already begun replacing humans with machines for automation in their assembly plants. The harsh reality is that it’s cheaper to use machines than pay wages to people, and just as effective.

Even industries like caregiving are becoming automated. As technology develops, the lives of seniors living alone or in assisted living is changing. Caregivers may find their jobs are being replaced. This article will go into detail about how the world is shifting towards automation and robots replacing many jobs.

New Web Tool Called "Will Robots Take My Job"

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One web tool is a step ahead in determining which jobs may be replaced with robots. The web tool Will Robots Take My Job? (https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/), lets you know which occupations are at most or least risk of being replaced by robots and automation. Here’s how the web tool works:

  • It uses real data to give an accurate guess of the future of a job. Will Robots Take My Job? pulls data from the 2013 Oxford University report, The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization? Since the tool extracts data from the report, all you have to do is do a simple search to get the info you need.
  • You search the job you are curious about, and get results. The tool gives you an automation risk level percentage, and tells you if you should worry about your job or not. It also tells you a job’s projected growth, average annual income, and how many people are currently employed in the field.
  • Some occupations have it worse than others will. Caregivers have a high risk at 74% of becoming automated. Jobs in retail sales have a high risk in the 90% range of being replaced by robots. Jobs like pharmacists, engineers, and choreographers have little to no risk of becoming automated.

Ohmni - Robot Companion for Seniors

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The transition into robots for caregiving has already begun. Currently a robot companion for seniors called the Ohmni is being tested in an assisted living community in California. The Ohmni is a robot that works via video call as a way for families to communicate with their aging loved ones. It allows families to, “Be there in one click. From anywhere in the world.” Here’s how it works: 

  • The Ohmni has an integrated tablet with a camera, speaker, and a microphone. With it, you are able to easily call your loved one and have two-way video calls with them. The Ohmni lets families to connect and hang out, as if they were with each other in the same room. It’s an excellent solution for those who live far from Mom or Dad, and can’t meet in person.
  • It is operated remotely using Wi-Fi, and resembles human motions and interactions. You drive the Ohmni around your loved one’s home using its simple interface. It allows you to join in whatever is happening, and make it feel like they’re really there. It mimics humans with its height and moving neck. This allows the user to have a very lifelike view of the setting their loved one is in while they see and hear each other.
  • It allows families to be present with their loved one anytime they please. If Mom or Dad live alone or in assisted living, the Ohmni allows you to be there anytime. They won't be lonely, and you will always be in the loop of what’s going on in at their home. Paired with an Alert1 medical alert system, it becomes the perfect combo for peace of mind! Their PAX Plus will keep them safe at home and on the go, and the Ohmni makes you feel as if you are there with your loved one.

 

What Robots Mean for the Future of Senior Living

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As we can see with technologies like the Ohmni, robots can be very useful for seniors who age in place or are in assisted living. The technology continues to improve to meet the needs of seniors and caregivers. As this tech with robots advances, they can aid seniors in assisted living in a number of ways.

  • Act as caregivers for seniors who live alone or in assisted living. Very soon, robots like the Ohmni will be able to do more than just video calls. Soon they will be able to pick up objects and even perform tasks for seniors. According to Thuc Vu, co-founder of Ohmnilabs, the Ohmni is in for some big upgrades. “In five years, it will be able to wash dishes, do laundry and clean the house,” Vu said. The robot will be able to fully take on the role of caregiver and be more useful than ever in aiding your loved one.
  • Save money for seniors or families who spend on assisted living. A robot doing the same caregiving tasks for seniors will be cheaper than a human caregiver. According to Lily Sarafan of Home Care Assistance, the cost of a robot like the Ohmni would be just 20% of the cost of a full time caregiver. This will help seniors and families save money for the same care.
  • Help seniors stay in their homes, and make assisted living easy. Seniors’ lives will become much easier since they will always have immediate help with tasks. With a robot as a caregiver, you will have 24/7 protection. Caregivers need to take days off, and cannot be with your loved one at all times. A robot will ensure they always have the caregiver they need.

The Future is Now

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Is robots taking jobs good or bad? Only time will tell, but the first steps towards automation in many jobs like caregiving is already going into full force. Although nothing will be able to ever replace human interactions, robots for caregiving and assisted living can be of great use to seniors and change the way they age for the better.

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Comments

1:43 PM on June 6, 2017 Celia Weaver
another reason companys prefer robots is because they are less of a liability. you dont have to worry about a robot suing because of poor work conditions
6:46 PM on June 6, 2017 Sam Tomlin
have you even seen iRobot!? robot's will take over one day and I hope to never see it!
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