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Can a Robot do your Job?

November 11, 2013

For years robots have been building cars and assembling televisions.  In fact the first robot was designed by Leonardo Da Vinci as far back as 1515.  More recently in his June 2013 TED Talk, Andrew McAfee suggests that within a few years droids will take the majority of our jobs.

If you thought premiership footballers were daft, think again.

Despite the enormous advances made in technology this century, the assumption that every home will soon have it’s own robotic servant is not as likely as we might expect.  Whilst computers can see, feel and complete thousands of calculations per second they are still way behind virtually every living human.

There’s one thing that each of us do every day, repeatedly from the moment we get up through to when we get back into bed that robotic scientists across the world are struggling to replicate.

When we walk our brain responds to thousands of messages from our feet to our ears.  It instantly adjusts our muscles within milliseconds to ensure that each subsequent step keeps us upright.

Every year the world’s leading robotic experts put aside their differences and come together to play football, much like the historic Christmas Day match played on the battlegrounds of World War 1.  Unlike the physically and emotionally exhausted soldiers of 1914 these state of the art 21st century robots are barely able to kick a ball.

So if your job involves managing by walking about, you are safe from the robots.  If however your days are spent sitting looking at a screen you should take heed of Andrew McAfee’s predictions.

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