jobs for the ’bots: 2014 takeover

Australian T3 - - ROBOT WORK FORCE -

Sur­geon

Gen­eral Elec­tric’s new range of sur­gi­cal ro­bots per­form a wider va­ri­ety of com­plex op­er­a­tions. In fact, for stan­dard pro­ce­dures they have more pre­ci­sion than most physi­cians.

Pro­gram­mer

Code data­bases of­fer the al­go­rithms that can write pro­grams in­de­pen­dently to sat­isfy specs pro­vided by hu­man bosses.

Miner

“Min­eral pro­ces­sor” Rio Tinto is in­vest­ing in au­to­mated ve­hi­cles to re­place all hu­man labour in its lo­cal mines.

iPhone man­u­fac­turer

Fox­conn, the con­tro­ver­sial Taiwanese firm that em­ploys 1.2 mil­lion work­ers, uses ro­bots to as­sem­ble prod­ucts such as Ap­ple’s new smart­phones.

Taxi driver

Au­to­mated ve­hi­cles may not be on the road yet, but ser­vices like Uber are ideal for round-the-clock taxis. They find your lo­ca­tion via GPS and let you pay on­line. No won­der cab­bies are get­ting wor­ried.

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