Who Needs Humans? The Robot Revolution Starts With These Jobs

With AI slowly but surely transforming from buzzword to Skynet, it’s time to start wondering if the robots of the future are going to give us humans the time of day. The day of reckoning isn’t quite here yet — pretty solid arguments are being made the automation isn’t the root cause of a lot of job losses in recent decades. In 10 years, though? That’s a different story, and when we mull over the state of tech today, it’s hard to imagine a few jobs still being fit for humans. Here’s who probably needs to start watching their backs for the bots in the years to come.

Translation and Interpretation

If you went to school for translation or interpretation, you were probably not super thrilled about Google’s Pixel Buds. When paired with the Pixel 2, the buds and the phone use Google Assistant to facilitate a conversation between two people speaking different languages by doing real-time interpretation. And, let’s not forget that Skype has introduced a real-time translator to their video calls, and they’re continually adding new features.

How much time do you have left? Sure looks bleak, but it depends on the language pair! AI can usually handle somewhat similar pairs like Spanish and English without too many missteps, but AI is still pretty awful at bridging the gap between a pair like English and Chinese, especially when you’re dealing with whole sentences and paragraphs. With so many words that don’t translate directly, those interpreters and translators can rest easy for a while.

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