Rise of the machines

When was the last time you got welcomed by a robot when you checked into a hotel? For the people of Japan, this is a normal thing nowadays as their hotel lobbies are filled with artificial intelligence. And, of course, they are not the only ones. A robot named Mario welcomes people in 19 different languages in Belgium at the Marriot Hotel in Ghent. Even in Virginia, these metal heads have begun to appear. And if you like cocktails, you might have the pleasure of being served by the robot bartenders at Royal Caribbean.

The current versions of robots are not complete. The companies that produce them are going to update them, to make them better, more responsive, more interactive, and the next generations could even be able to call a taxi for you, just like Mario is going to learn how to do so.

How will hotel employees be affected by the appearance of these non-payable workers? Will people feel comfortable in their rooms knowing they are being watched by these soulless beings? It was indeed stated that jobs which seemed impossible to automatize are not that impossible anymore.

Leaving the joke behind, yes, it looks bad for some employees, as this could bring profit to business owners and CEOs while the unemployment rate would perhaps skyrocket. Robots are getting increasingly common worldwide, and soon enough they might be able to do almost everybody’s work. On the other hand, there are benefits too. Let’s think how a driverless car would function with a robot on board. With no emotions, the wheelcars might get safer, as robots would only take into consideration the programs implanted in their systems when making decisions.

A robot would not be worried about being late to somebody’s birthday party, and would certainly not get angry at other cars or drivers at rush hours.

In order for employees to keep their job, the best solution for them may be to make their superiors notice how irreplaceable they are by getting better by improving their skillsand by doing their job in a fast and efficient manner.

That means concentrating on the skills which robots can’t acquire without being updated, so as to make employers choose their human staff rather than upgrading several robots, which could be rather expensive.

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