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Are robots stealing jobs?

Forget about the old days of “people serving people.” More restaurants and hotels are now using robotic cooks, delivery robots, self-serving kiosks, Chatbots, and other AI-empowered machines in service operations. 

Some businesses must rely on machines to address the labor shortage issue. Others count on machines to deliver faster and more consistent service. Moreover, many consumers have become used to automatic self-services during the pandemic. It is not surprising to see robots taking over more service jobs.  


What is the latest robotic “thing” that deems to take over even more human jobs? 


That is ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer), the popular chatbot from OpenAI. Launched in November 2022, ChatGPT is designed to answer user requests with AI-generated articles, essays, jokes, and even poetry. By January 2023, ChatGPT was already set to reach 100 million monthly active users (Hu, 2023). On average, about 13 million unique visitors used ChatGPT every day in January. As a reference, it took nine months for TikTok and 2.5 years for Instagram to reach 100 million users. 


ChatGPT could also threaten white-collar jobs. 


The development of ChatGPT and related AI can be a threat to more than just front-line labor. Tech jobs (e.g., coders, data analysts, programmers, and software engineers), media jobs (e.g., content creation, technical writing, and journalism), and legal industry jobs (e.g., paralegals and legal assistants) are particularly at risk (Mok & Zinkula, 2023). 


Is ChatGPT good enough to steal our jobs? 


I did a test earlier by asking ChatGPT this question: Are robots stealing jobs? ChatGPT gave me the following answer:

Robots and automation can certainly displace some jobs and change the nature of work in many industries. As technology continues to advance, it is likely that we will see an increase in automation in various fields, which could result in some human jobs becoming unnecessary or obsolete. However, it is important to note that automation can also create new jobs, improve productivity, and increase efficiency in many industries.  

For example, automation can be used to perform repetitive, mundane tasks, freeing up workers to focus on more complex and creative tasks. Additionally, automation can lead to the development of new industries and job opportunities, such as those related to the design, programming, and maintenance of robots and other automated systems. 

Therefore, while it’s true that robots and automation can displace some jobs, it’s important to consider the potential benefits as well the challenges of automation. It’s also important to invest in education and training programs to help workers acquire new skills and adapt to the changing job market. 


How not to get replaced by robots or ChatGPT at work


ChatGPT is good, and it will only get better! Machines and AI are deemed to take over more human jobs. While it can be challenging for us to compete with AI in technical skills, we humans can do a better job in more complex skills like leadership, creativity, motivation, and critical thinking. 


Do you expect robots will steal more human jobs soon? What can we do if we do not want to get replaced? 




Hu, K. (2023, February 2). ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base – analyst note. Reuters. Available via


Mok, A. & Zinkula, J. (2023, February 2). ChatGPT may be coming for our jobs. Here are the 10 roles that AI is most likely to replace. Business Insider. Available via

Note: This article was also published in The Hospitality News Magazine. 



  1. Surely robotics and AI will be integrated more and more into the job market. However, I believe it is in the hands of the corporate executives who wish to use robotics in their services. Many quick service restaurants have utilized self-service kiosks to put in and pay for an order. Often this is the only option we have. However, some restaurants have both a self-service kiosk and a human. Some customers will prefer talking to a human. If there are problems with the kiosk, the human can assist. Other customers will prefer the kiosk over human interaction. When the human is overwhelmed with customers, he can suggest that they use the kiosk. The ideal setup is to offer both options.
    To avoid being replaced, we should embrace the aspects of our job that can not be done better with robotics and AI. Things like intangible creative qualities such as thinking outside the box to get new ideas. Even basic social interaction can not yet be beat by AI.

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