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In the next 10 years, technology will completely and utterly revolutionize the way we do everything from banking to buying groceries to living our everyday lives.
So, what does this mean for us? It means that technology will completely and utterly replace us, at least in certain areas of life and work that robots, apps, and machines can handle more effectively than humans can.
It’s time to start making plans now if you want to survive the onslaught of technological progress that’s coming your way. Here are 10 mind-blowing ways technology will replace people in 10 years
It’s estimated that by 2025, robots and advanced automation will eliminate up to 42 percent of U.S. jobs. That means if you’re looking for a career in cybersecurity, biotechnology or construction management—you might want to rethink your plans.
Many employees will be replaced by robots in these industries within ten years—or perhaps even sooner. The question is: How do we prepare? What kinds of programs are developing that can help us keep pace with technology?
Luckily, many colleges have become aware of just how disruptive technology could be and are ramping up their offerings to train students for those very specific roles.
Your Personal Assistant
Siri, Cortana, and Google Now are just a few examples of digital personal assistants that may soon be able to answer all of your questions and handle all of your tasks—saving you time and increasing productivity.
Rather than rely on internet searches to find information, digital assistants will use their knowledge from previous conversations and search data from around the web to answer specific questions.
Imagine how much more productive you could be at work if your assistant helped schedule meetings for you and sent out invitations? Wouldn’t it be nice if your assistant was also an expert researcher? One day soon, it will be.
A computer. Remember back when you had to actually tell your car where to go? That was a pain, wasn’t it? Nowadays we can just give a destination to our cars and they take us there without any hassle.
Car manufacturers are already working on models that will pick up passengers without even being told to do so. All you have to do is push a button, and wham bam—you’re in your car heading home with no effort on your part at all.
This particular feature should be standard by 2025 or so; by 2035, nearly every new car will come equipped with it.
Your Personal Shopper
Imagine being able to walk into a store, select an item you like, and have it sent directly to your house without any human interaction. Amazon just patented a method for doing exactly that—which is why many think AI will soon be replacing personal shoppers in brick-and-mortar stores across America.
Although Amazon hasn’t announced anything quite like that yet, they are working hard on automating their warehouses; robots are already moving around stacks of items and placing them onto conveyor belts while they send shipping information to Amazon fulfilment centers.
The technology is incredible—but what do you think? Are you ready to hand over your shopping needs to a robot? Or do you think humans will always play a bigger role than machines in retail?
Delivery People, Mailmen, and Postmen
FedEx and UPS have taken advantage of drone technology to help them ship packages in remote areas. Amazon is working on using drones to deliver goods that are bought online, a project they’re hoping will replace delivery people, mailmen, and postmen.
IKEA has teamed up with startup ING Robotic Aviation to create an autonomous drone that can carry large items like a couch straight into your home.
Soon you could use an app on your phone to order anything—including groceries—and have it delivered right outside your door without ever seeing another human being.
Taxi Drivers, Uber Drivers, and Truckers
Self-driving cars, trucks, and taxis will almost completely replace all of these drivers over time. But there are a few key obstacles that need to be solved before widespread adoption takes place.
For one thing, autonomous vehicles are still too expensive for most people to buy outright. Also, governments around the world have been slow to regulate self-driving cars on public roads in their respective countries, which could take years longer if it happens at all.
Customer Service Representatives / Salespeople / Telemarketers / Etc.
These jobs will likely be nearly 100% replaced by technology in coming years. Experts are already predicting that most customer service roles won’t exist as we know them in 15 years.
If a company has customers, it is inevitable that it will also have a way for its customers to communicate with someone directly or live chat. It is an inexorable law of capitalism.
Politicians are at risk for being replaced by technology more than almost any other career. A few years ago, Rand Corporation forecasted that driverless vehicles could replace 300,000 taxi, truck and limo drivers in the U.S. alone—which happens to be about twice as many people as there are members of Congress.
And if that’s not enough of a perspective-shifter, consider these stats: fewer than 4 million American adults currently work as lobbyists while 45 million do customer service work and 30 million works in sales...
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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