22 Advanced Robots Taking Over Human Jobs Right Now The future is now: robots taking over human jobs is no longer science fiction. It's been happening for years, but new breakthroughs in technology mean that even more jobs are going to the robots. Matthew Loffhagen Robot Security GuardsImage By: This SolutionWhy pay puny human security guards to patrol buildings at night when automated drones can do the same thing without needing coffee? Plus, these drones are equipped with high quality camera recording equipment, so you can get a good look at anyone who might be trying to break into your building. Robot DoctorsImage By: South China Morning PostThis adorable robot, Xiao Yi (literally “Small Doctor”) was the first artificial intelligence to pass the Chinese doctor’s exam. Similar AI programs can be used to predict a patient’s chances of developing cancer based on their health records and X-rays. Robot Hotel ConciergeImage By: Japan Times Many hotels use robot staff, but by far the coolest example exists in Japan, where a robot dinosaur will happily help you check into your room. Robot Travel AgentsImage By: Hello HipmunkTravel agents have begun using artificial intelligence programs to help book guests on vacations. These AIs have begun spotting patterns in customer needs that humans hadn’t noticed, such as a fondness for corner hotel rooms based on family size and ages. Robot NovelistsImage By: BotnikThe Botnik AI writing program scans written input before writing its own prose in a similar style. The most famous example of this is the AI-authored fanfic, "Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash." Robot Ping-Pong PlayersImage By: engadget Debuting at CES 2018, the Forpheus robot ping-pong player is designed to help humans practice table tennis at their own pace. In order to do this, Forpheus is capable of beating most humans at the game, but lets them win to help them learn. Robot TeachersImage By: Nation MultimediaSpeaking of Forpheus, one of the robot’s neatest design features is that it spots when players are getting frustrated, and tailors its lessons accordingly. Robots can pick up on human emotions, making them effective at providing appropriate guidance while teaching us new skills. Robot SurgeonsImage By: NBC NewsRobot surgeons have been tested for their effectiveness at slicing and dicing patients. Robot hands don’t get shaky, even when working on 20-hour operations, so they’re superior to tired human surgeons. Robot NursesImage By: Riken Need some hospital aftercare, and the administration of medication? Robot nurses are being used in hospitals around the world to help treat patients, and because they’re much cheaper, they can offer consistent one-to-one patient care. Robot SnipersImage By: Duke Robotics IncWell, this is terrifying. Roboticists have created flying automated drones that are sturdy enough to fire sniper rifles with pinpoint accuracy. They’re better than human snipers, because humans can’t fly, so watch your back! Robot Construction WorkersImage By: YouTube/National Science FoundationS.A.M. (short for Semi-Automated Mason) is a robot that can lay bricks with just as much, if not more, accuracy than traditional human construction workers. Plus, S.A.M. doesn’t need a lunchbreak, and won’t argue with coworkers over what radio station to play while working. Robot UN AmbassadorsImage By: UN Hanson Robotics’ Sofia is incredibly creepy, but she’s also a very sophisticated machine. She’s been selected as a UN ambassador, and has even been granted honorary Saudi citizenship – despite the fact that she’s only a few generations removed from a toaster. Robot DentistsImage By: NBC News2017 saw the first time a robot would attempt dental surgery. A robot dentist in China fitted two new implant teeth into the mouth of a human patient. While human dentists were present to observe, the entire operation was conducted by the robot. Robot MusiciansImage By: YouTube/Nigel John StanfordMany songs full albums have already been composed by artificial intelligence, with minimal help from humans. All music is simply mathematics, so it makes sense that an AI can pick up on the chains of notes that are appealing to humans in order to make a new killer tune. Robot Taxi DriversImage By: Wired Self-driving cars are the future. This technology is already advanced enough to be in regular use in many major cities around the world, meaning that relying on a fleshy organic Uber driver is a thing of the past. Robot PilotsImage By: cnetSpeaking of robot taxis, wouldn’t it be cool if, instead of a boring land car, you could ride to work in a flying car? Well the city of Dubai is already testing flying robot cars that are driven by robot brains, because we are officially living in The Future. Robot Pizza DeliveryImage By: Domino'sIf robots can be trusted to deliver people safely to their destination, they can even be trusted to deliver that most precious of cargo: pizza. Domino’s is already using advanced self-driving technology to get pizza to customers, and the best part is, you don’t have to tip the driver! Robot Financial AnalystsImage By: Flickr/Rafael Matsunaga Robots are great at spotting trends and responding to them. The stock market has relied on artificial intelligence programs for decades already, and estimates suggest that as many as 30% of human financial analysts will be replaced by robots by 2030. Robot LawyersImage By: Twitter/@jbrowder1This is awesome. A 19-year-old kid named Joshua Browder has invented a robot lawyer, which has already helped appeal over $3 million in parking fines. It turns out that contracts and legal binary terms are really easy for robot brains to pick apart and analyze. Robot AdminImage By: MicrosoftGetting help from a robot personal assistant has been commonplace since the days of Clippy the Microsoft Word paperclip, but robot PAs are getting more advanced. These days, artificial intelligence programs equipped with handwriting recognition software are very capable of dealing with mundane tasks such as data entry, typing up notes so that you can figure out what happened in your last meeting (and that’s if you bother making hand-written notes at all!). Robot JournalistsImage By: Flickr/Rodrigo Soldon Souza As we all know, human journalists are amazing people who totally deserve pay rises. That said, the Washington Post used artificial intelligence programs to report on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which probably suggests that I should enjoy my job while it lasts! Robot ChefsImage By: Miso RoboticsWhy pay a teenager to flip burgers when a robot can do the same thing but without needing to wear a hairnet? Miso Robotics has created Flippy, a robot that can cook a burger to perfect fast food standards. Considering how much of fast food is built on a robotic timetable anyway, this doesn’t really feel like a surprise, but spare a thought for the poor McDonald’s employees that’ll likely soon be out of a job!