Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Are Our Children Ready?

When Mr. Smith buys the latest gizmo on Amazon, his order isn’t fetched by a human. The parcel is picked up by one of the 100.000 warehouse bots who fork it over to a warehouseman.

A staggering one out of six Amazon employees is a robot.

The marketplace tycoon is not the only company who’s replacing people with machines.

McDonalds is working to get rid of all its cashiers and having nothing but self-service kiosks. There are also plans to introduce Flippy, a robot hamburger flipper.

It’s not surprising the captains of industry are rushing toward automation. So let’s talk about the little guys.

Dutch construction company Van Wijnen no longer needs bricklayers. If they want to build a home they bring in a large 3D printer which squirts out a house in less than 24 hours.

Prefer brick to cement? Meet SAM, he’s a bricklaying robot. And he lays more than 3.000 bricks a day. The best human masons can do no more than 1.000.

But machines working in constructions is old news. Let’s look at a world less familiar with heavy machinery, the catering industry.

Three Boston brainiacs have started a kitchen, called Splyce, where the chef is a robot. Select your meal at the ordering screen and a robotic runner drops the ingredients in a heated wok. Once your food is ready it’s dropped into a bowl where an employee adds the finishing touch. Serving you a perfect meal every time.

If you’re thinking machines can only do menial assembly work. Think again.

Robots are already more precise than the most elite surgeons.

Machines are better at predicting the outcomes of legal cases than lawyers.

An algorithm can diagnose pneumonia better than radiologists.

The future of work is changing. But are our schools preparing our children?

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach