Robots will replace humans in most jobs within 30 years according to Rice University’s computer scientist, Moshe Vardi. This will cause unemployment rates to soar greater than 50 percent.

Within this time, people will have more time to purse a life of leisure. However, Vardi expects that this will be the greatest challenge ever to find meaning to life since work is essential to a person’s well-being.

“We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” Vardi said in a statement. “I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”

Vardi, a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science, does not look forward to this leisure-only life. The scientist suggests for people rise to the occasion and meet this challenge before robots take over most jobs.

Nevertheless, many scientists believe that robots can benefit humans, just like how technological advancements during the industrial age benefitted society and made life more convenient. Scientists from Melbourne have even created a bionic spine to help paralysed patients.

In 2015, scientists revealed the world’s most human-like robot named Nadine, who works as a receptionist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore).

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University

The University also presented EDGAR, Nadine’s robot-in-arms, which can be used for business and education. EDGAR is equipped with a rear-projection screen on its face and two arms.  This can be controlled from anywhere in the world through a camera.

Airbus and the Joint Robotics Laboratory at the University of Frankfurt also said that a humanoid robotic technology that will do complicated tasks in aircraft manufacturing is currently under development. This will take over the most dangerous and most difficult job from workers, enabling them to focus more on higher value tasks and making the workplace safer.