#JobsFrom2050 — Robot Trainers

An overview of the jobs in a future not so far away

This article is part of a series of predictions on our kids’ jobs and, most importantly, what jobs will disappear. How ready are we, as individuals and as a species, to embrace the technology and the changes that come with it? Stick with us for a journey into the future! #JobsFrom2050

What is a Robot Trainer, By the Way?

For a successful company, its staff are fundamental to its success. To enable all staff to become effective and efficient in their role as quickly as possible, it is essential that all new employees, or an employee taking a new role, receive a timely induction.

This critical process, based on some induction procedures, make new staff feel welcome, valued and settled in their new role. This then forms the basis from which staff can quickly get up to speed, perform their duties effectively and begin to make a contribution to their team, their department and the whole company.

Fast forward a couple of decades, induction procedures will be vital for integrating robots (in particular) and AI systems (in general) in companies, institutions or even households. The Robot trainer will be in charge of getting the best out of the hardware — such as industrial robots, driverless cars, humanoid robots working in services — and AI systems — such as Lawyer Bots, News Bots or behaviour analysis software.

A Workday in the Shoes of a Robot Trainer

Maya is a Robot Trainer. She was born in 2020 and it’s her 5th year as a Robot Trainer, at RoboTrainers Inc. She holds a doctoral degree in nanorobotics from Stanford University. Here are some highlights of her work routine:

9:58 am As she just had breakfast with her family, she let the digital assistant know she’s ready for work. An autonomous car-sized drone lands in front of her house 2 minutes later.

10:00 am–10:15 am Maya uses the 15 minutes flight to get up to speed with her new project: the integration of the new James 200 — a state-of-the-art humanoid household robot — at the Jetsons, an average suburb family.

10:30 am –11:00 am After meeting the Jetsons, she inspects the house and the courtyard, in order to identify potential problems that will make it difficult for James to perform its tasks (e.g.: strange stairs, rocky terrains, special kinds of plants or pets).

11:00 am –11:30 am Our Robot Trainer also performs an e.z-scan with her tiny DroneMinator, to track the location of all the sensors and actuators from the house. She needs to know how they interact with each other, with the house and with the other robots.

11:30 am –12:30 pm Maya writes some code that will initialize the robot and give it the required procedures to start the learning process, based on the particularities of its new home.

12:30 pm –14:30 pm As James 200 needs some time to scan the environment on its own, Maya has lunch with a good friend who was just visiting town and was nearby. Did I tell you the digital assistant made the reservation for the girls 4 hours ago, as a background task, based on their behavioural patterns? And of course it had to be at one of the fanciest molecular gastronomy restaurants in the Big City.

14:30 pm –15:00 pm Back at the Jetsons, the robot finished scanning the house and the yard. Maya finds the robot charged and updated with the latest firmware. As the kids are back from school, this is a good time to introduce James 200 to the whole family, including their pets.

15:00 pm –16:00 pm The procedures she coded earlier contained all the requirements from the Jetsons, so Maya uses these 60 minutes to observe James’ behaviour, grading James with her just-released 35th version of the Turing Test. The robot got a stunning A+++. Everything looks good and she will soon call it a day. If the Jetsons will need future changes for their robot, Maya will be able to perform them online.

16:05 pm –16:20 pm Maya uses the flight back home to see the details about her next day’s mission — an induction for no less than five new RoboTronic 350 robots at a drone factory located 2.000 miles away. Tomorrow she’ll work from home!

Today’s Headlines — A Likely Future

As you read this today on your touch-screen mobile device, the age of automation, robots and artificial intelligence is already upon us:

  • Self-driving Cars: Uber is launching the first self-driving fleet, which arrives in Pittsburgh this month, while Google is testing autonomous cars for some years already
  • Drone Deliveries: Amazon is waiting for appropriate regulatory support in order to launch Prime Air — a future delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones
  • 3D Printed Houses: A two story villa that measures about 4,305 square feet was built in 45 days and it’s durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale
  • Bots: Associated Press is using software to generate news, while Fox Network auto-generates sports recaps, while Facebook and Microsoft offer easy-to-use tools for creating all sorts of bots. We even have a list with some of them. Oh, and we already have Lawyer Bots.

What Can You Do About It?

OK, if you’ve come that far down the page, we either scared the s**t out of you, or you’re passionate about Sci-Fi and Futurism. Regardless your reason, here are some next steps:

  1. Be informed and empower yourself.
  2. Share the knowledge about this likely future with as many kids as possible. After all, they’re the ones who will actually live these times.
  3. Experiment with children and help them create a robot (or at least a mini-robot) in order to understand how it works. For sure it will help both of you to feel more familiar to the phenomenon.
  4. Encourage children to embrace STEAM education as they will gradually switch from playing with electronics and robots, to actually creating them. After all, who doesn’t like to be an inventor and an innovator?

About Small Academy

Small Academy is an educational program for kids aged 5 to 16. We wish to push the adoption rate of technology in kindergartens and schools. We want to let children know about technology, to make them understand it and learn how to use it in their benefit, regardless their talents.

As a team member of Small Academy, I keep kids and their parents informed and prepared for the future. One way of doing this is to write articles about future jobs and how will robots, Artificial Intelligence and technology in general, take over our jobs. But that’s a good thing, by the way.