A new robot could take your job from you in just a few short months, if it could do the work itself, a roboticist has warned.
Robots are now entering the workplace with increasing frequency, and it is expected they will eventually be used in everything from healthcare to the production of cars.
But if they become too expensive or dangerous, they could become a threat to the jobs of millions of people.
The future of work, according to Oxford University’s Professor Andrew Jarvis, is the creation of robots that can learn and adapt to human tasks, like welding, making the process more efficient.
He has been speaking at a conference at the Australian National University this week about his ideas.
Professor Jarvis has proposed a robot that could do all the work.
“I would think there is a point at which a human could be asked to do a task, and then a robot could be brought in to do that task,” he said.
If this happened, the robot would then be expected to do the task itself.
And if it wasn’t able to do it, then the human would have to take the job.
That would be the end of the human as the sole provider of the robot.
In theory, that would mean robots could take all of the jobs that humans are currently doing, but with fewer responsibilities.
Dr David Allen from the University of New South Wales thinks this is a fantasy.
While there are many different ways humans work, for instance, working in a warehouse or factory, robots are likely to be responsible for everything from the day-to-day care of the workers, to the maintenance of the machinery and the packaging that the goods are shipped to the customer.
For example, robots might be responsible not just for the maintenance and safety of the robots, but for maintaining the machine and the equipment that is used to make it.
What Dr Allen is proposing is that a robot would be required to take on a specific job for the company, such as making a delivery.
Once the robot was ready, the humans would then move on to another task, such a delivery, where the robot could perform the same tasks.
It is this process, called “self-learning”, that is so important.
Currently, many robots are designed to do specific tasks, but this creates the potential for a robot to “learn” to do something it has never done before, for example, to deliver goods.
This means a robot is able to work in a way that would not be possible by humans.
A recent study in Science Advances found that robots that have learned to do tasks previously impossible to do have a 75 per cent chance of performing better than human workers.
There is no way of telling whether this is true or not, but the researchers say the findings support the idea that a self-learning robot is a more efficient and effective tool than a human worker.
However, Professor Jarvis said the robot that he is proposing should be able to learn to do things that are already easy to do.
How to use a robot?
The robot is expected to work on a range of tasks that would have previously required a human.
At the start, it might have to weld a piece of metal, which would require both hands.
Then, it could weld a small metal plate, which required both hands and the use of both hands simultaneously.
Eventually, the robots would be able and ready to take over a number of tasks, such the delivery of goods or cleaning.
Some tasks would require more than one person.
After all, a robot will never be able as a whole to do everything.
By using a robot as a helper, the worker can take on more and more tasks, as the robot learns more and learns better.
These tasks could include cleaning the floor of a building, welding a door, or delivering food to the restaurant.
So, how much will it cost?
In his paper, Professor Andrew says that a robotic assistant would be cheaper than a typical human worker at a certain level of expertise, and could be cheaper to hire than an employee.
I think this could be a very important step for automation, Professor Allen said.
“A robot that is going to be able, if you hire it, to do all sorts of things, it will be much cheaper to use than the human worker in the workplace,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
As robots become more common, and people become more comfortable using them, this will change, Professor Andrews said.
This is going back to a basic principle, Professor James Green, from the Institute of Education at the University, said.
What if a robot can’t do my job?
He said it would be a tragedy if robots could not do our jobs.
People would be unable to do their jobs.
Professor Green said a robot cannot work on the job for longer than it takes to walk