Robots Taking Service Jobs in Warehouses, Restaurants
Thanks to American corporations that practice outsourcing, much of the manufacturing jobs in the U.S. have gone overseas during the past few decades.
Bloomberg Businessweek notes, "In 1970, more than a quarter of U.S. employees worked in manufacturing. By 2010, only one in 10 did."
Service industry jobs in the U.S. have increased to take up the slack, but now many of those jobs are in peril.
CNN reports that Amazon.com plans to use 10,000 robots to fulfill orders in its warehouses by the end of the year. Currently, the company has 1,000 robots at work (pictured).
The eCommerce site claims that the vast increase in robots won't change the number of Amazon employees, but that claim has been met with skepticism.
Another CNN report notes that automated devices are replacing some restaurant workers in the U.S.
Panera Bread is planning to use self-service ordering kiosks and a mobile ordering options, which will likely replace their wait staff.
Chili's and Applebee's are planning to install tablets on their tables, which customers will order from instead of waiters and waitresses.
CNN also warns that "delivery drivers could be replaced en masse by self-driving cars, which are likely to hit the market within a decade or two, or even drones. In food preparation, there are start-ups offering robots for bartending and gourmet hamburger preparation."