The current pandemic is pushing companies to use more technology. However, knowing how to navigate Microsoft Teams isn’t the only thing that’s changing — more and more businesses will implement artificial intelligence (AI).
One study showed that robots will take over 20 million jobs by 2030. With COVID 19, this number could rise even more — and maybe happen sooner. The pandemic has forced more companies to embrace technology, even businesses that didn’t think it was that important. In the coming weeks and months, we could see a shift where bots start replacing these occupations sooner than expected.
1. Health Care Assistants
The pandemic is impacting doctors, nurses, and health care assistants — everyone who is exposed to the coronavirus directly in their jobs. People working in these positions have little protection from the pandemic. With the growing technology in AI, robots will take notes, write prescriptions, and possibly diagnose patients.
2. Restaurant Cook
The coronavirus is profoundly impacting the food industry. Changes in restaurants, grocery stores, and an increased demand for food in general creates uncertainty. Since a chef’s movements are very systematic, it is likely that their jobs will be automated in the future.
3. Bank Tellers
Bots might even replace bank tellers. Keeping records, entering financial data, and assisting financial transactions can already be done online and through various banking apps. In order to stop the virus from spreading, many companies are discouraging the use of cash.
4. Sales Representative
Many brick-and-mortar stores are moving to online. Why go to the store and risk getting sick when you can order your products in the safety of your home? Bots will come into play with e-commerce, especially with online chats and customer support.
5. Research Analysts
Artificial intelligence can replace any job that involves research. Robots can comb through millions of documents in a fraction of a second. Many financial analysts are already being replaced by computer programs. Due to the pandemic, there is a greater demand for accurate information and research about the coronavirus.
6. Postal Workers
Bots can read and sort through the mail faster than any human. Pretty soon, drones will deliver it as well. Research shows that the coronavirus can live on surfaces (and packages) for up to 72 hours. Postal workers touch hundreds of these packages every day.
Because many grocery stores already use self-checkouts and online ordering, there is less demand for cashiers. The coronavirus is speeding up the process as it’s unsafe for cashiers to work and grocery stores are open shorter hours.
8. Legal secretaries
Attorneys and paralegals already have lots of paperwork that’s repetitive, making it easy to automate. Once robots are programmed to understand patterns in law, they will be more efficient at completing court reports than the quickest legal prodigy.
Car companies are already creating self-driving cars. Pretty soon, Uber and Lyft will be able to pick you up at any destination without anyone else driving the vehicle.
Some argue that this will happen in the next 10 years, others say it will take longer. It’s already common for airplanes to fly on autopilot, but AI could bring travel to a whole new level with no pilot on board at all. After AI takes over cars, it’s just a matter of time before the technology expands to air travel.