Will Robots Replace Realtors?
A recent study by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk for being automated. While robots are very poor at creative and social intelligence, imagine what a robot could do for other aspects of your business. At the top of the list for Realtors might be having a robot showing assistant. Read on.
The Robotic Showing Agent
Google and Mercedes as well as a number of other car companies are already working on a self-driving car. The Lexus can already parallel park itself and other 2014 models boast new technologies that will automatically steer or brake your car out of danger. Some futurists have even speculated that we won’t need to own cars. We as Realtors may call up a car using a service like Uber and it will take you to your destination. If it was a home an agent was showing you, he/she can send a car service to pick you up and have a separate car drop the agent at the first showing. That saves commute time. Couple these advances with the Honda’s Asimo robot and that agent may feature a robot showing assistant.
We don’t think its very likely for Hem-young and I because we want to see the house, location, and how it fits with your life style, wants and needs, and estimate its value.) Ronnie Robot probably can’t do that the way we want it done.
Nanotechnology: Self-Healing Houses, Handsets, and Eyephones
Nanotechnology literally allows objects to shift shapes. In fact, scientists have already developed a “self-healing concrete” that allows houses with cracks from earthquakes and settling to “heal themselves.” With the advent of 3-D Printing, futurists are predicting that we will soon have buildings that can literally build and repair themselves.
Where you will be most likely to encounter nanotechnology will be with your cell phone. One concept for future phones is Nokia’s Morph, a “concept mobile phone,” that was unveiled recently.
The phone’s theoretical feature list would include the ability to bend into numerous shapes, so it can be worn around the wrist or held up to the face; transparent electronics, which would allow the device to be see-through yet functional; self-cleaning surfaces that can absorb solar energy to recharge the phone’s battery. The manufacturer believes that some of the device’s imagined features could appear in high-end devices by 2015.”
What is even more intriguing, however, is the augmented reality version of the cell phone. In this approach, you merely click your fingers together to bring up the phone function which is projected via augmented reality glasses on to your hand.
While everyone seems to be taken with Google glasses, an even more compact option may be available in the very near future. Rather than having an iPhone, you may one day have a contact lens that serves as your “eye phone.” “Scientists have developed a new technology that allows electronic messages sent from mobile phones to be projected on to a contact lens placed in the recipient’s eyes.”
“It is a step towards ‘fully pixelated contact lens displays’ with the same detail as a TV screen which could completely transform the way we communicate. The new technology means the entire surface of the contact lens can be used to project images and messages.”
There’s no doubt that robotics, augmented reality, and nanotechnology will alter the way we do businesses ten or 20 years from now.
Excerpted from an article by Bernice Ross.