Man Crouched Inside Of Robotic Welding Arm Terrified Robot Will Eventually Take His Job

TULSA, OK—Dreading the day new technologies would emerge to render his craft obsolete, Vince Callahan, an autoworker crouched inside a robotic welding arm, told reporters Tuesday that he was terrified a robot would eventually take his job. “This is all I know how to do. If they ever make a robot that can do this job, I’m finished,” said Callahan, adding that, with 20 years of experience in the ultra-specific field and only a trade school degree, he would be unlikely to find another job in the event of being replaced by an automated machine. “Huddled here in the control center of a welding arm all day and performing the same identical task 2,000 times in a row isn’t exactly the easiest job in the world, but I’ve got a family to feed. I hope the powers that be understand that this job takes the type of heart and passion only a human can provide.” Callahan also expressed fears that robots would one day replace his wife’s job handing out soft drinks from inside a vending machine.

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