[01-24-2017] WTAG – Craig Peterson

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Joined Jim Polito to talk about how soon robots and automated services may take over jobs today. Not too soon as some may fear, but what are the types of jobs that would be first on the list in case it does.

And with the jobs such as delivery of packages now being done by Amazon and 7-Eleven, we now have majority of services being done by robots.

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Airing Date: January 24, 2017

We Won’t Be Losing Jobs To Robots As Quickly As We Thought – Jim Polito and I Talk About Why and the Scary Future


Craig Peterson: Every Tuesday morning, I’m on the number one morning show throughout the state of Massachusetts, The Jim Polito Show. We talked about the latest in technology, how it impacts you, me, and of course it impacts Jim.


Jim Polito: Yeah, weird science. How about this? How about you turn on the Jim Polito one morning and you hear a robot? Good morning.

Matt: That’s funny.

Jim: Not really. Joining us now, our Tech Talk guru, Craig Peterson. Craig, I got this email from you, you know, Craig always gets me a heads up as to what we’re gonna be talking about. And by the way, at the end of this segment, he’ll give you a number so you can be privy to all that information too. Uh, Craig, I heard this, and said Jim, don’t worry. You’re not gonna be replaced by a robot… and then it was, yet. So, it’s like when the doctor says, yeah, I looked at your x-ray. You got about 6 months. You might wanna start making arrangements, you know, getting your things in order, right?

Craig: Well you know, the sports pages that everybody loves are almost all written by robots. Did you know that?

Jim: No. What are you talking?

Craig: 90% of all sports articles published in the United States of America never see a human eye.

Jim: Come on.

Craig: No, absolutely. You know, when you think about it, it’s actually pretty easy to automate. Because you’ve got two teams who are playing each other. Someone obviously at the field is giving them basically a little stream of, you know, so and so just hit this to first base. So the computer goes through, and it has a whole bunch of different phrases it can use. So it says, John stood up at the base. The sun was in his eyes and you know, whatever. And the computer literally writes the article. If you’re reading an article about a real, real small town, you know, your high school team, that’s probably a human. If you’re reading about a team that’s more of a regional team, that’s actually, probably a computer. If you’re reading about Super Bowl or the Patriots, what couple of amazing games Sunday by the way, those are likely written by a human. But 90% of all of these now are written by computers. Who would have thought?

Jim: Wow. That’s freaking me out. You know what? I’m gonna cut myself just to make sure I bleed. Maybe I become a machine, Matt. Maybe I don’t even know it. You know they become self-aware.

Matt: Yeah.

Jim: This is… Ok, so, which industries, which job categories? I know manufacturing, but which job categories are most, well shall I say, susceptible to replacement by a robot?

Craig: Well, right now, if your job is repetitive, basically that’s likely to be replaced.

Jim: Well, I repeat myself a lot.

Craig: Yeah. So, you know we talked about cars and trucks before, right? If you’re a taxi driver, forget about it. If you’re an Uber driver, don’t get a long term lease on that car. But you know, going further than that, obviously, we’ve got people who are working in fast food, right? Those jobs are going. We’ve already got, I don’t know if you saw this, last week, Amazon bought a fleet of trailers, tractor trailers.

Jim: Amazon did? Ok. Well, I know they’ve been doing a little bit of that stuff, you know, on their own.

Craig: Yeah. Well they now, apparently what they’re gonna do is all of their intra-shipping. So in other words, between their warehouses, is all going to be done by robots. And Amazon’s got that ready. So, you know, we were thinking short-haul truck drivers were probably ok for the time being. I don’t think so. Amazon already has tens of thousands of robots working in its warehouses. We have 7-11 last week delivering, I don’t know if you saw this, but 77 packages, wait a minute. 7 times 11, ok, packages. 7-11’s gonna deliver your, I don’t know if they’re gonna deliver beer, but your chips and pretzels, via drone that lowers it down via tether for you. So, your pizza delivery guys are gonna be gone. The pizza makers. Computers make better pizzas than human beings do.

Jim: My God.

Craig: It goes on and on. Now your job, Jim, coz I know that’s kind of a key concern here.

Jim: Yes. You know it is.

Craig: You got the family, you got the wife, you got the support people now. Your job is probably quite safe, in fact, for the time being, because as long as you have a couple of brain cells to rub together, you could be a talk host.

Jim: It’s about all I’ve got left. I got two of them up there. A little bit of a synapse, and that’s it.

Craig: I need to have my own little drum roll and, what you call it, with a snare drum.

Jim: Oh, you mean you need a rim shot.

Craig: Rim shot, yes.