Machines and the Future Loss of Jobs

June 14, 2015

 

Within the next 20 years, #robots and #computers will be able to replace humans on a third of current jobs, according to a #study conducted by the Deloitte Consulting company and the #University of #Oxford.

 

Administrative assistance, #manufacturing, #transportation, support services and sales are the type of jobs most threatened by the current evolution of #technology.

 

Concerns about the impact of new technologies over the job market are not a novelty. Since the industrial revolution, machines have evolved to be used on a wide array of tasks previously done by humans, but they haven't had the impact one might have feared. Now however, with the rapid evolution of computer intelligence things will be different. Policy makers and educators must anticipate this scenario in order to avoid future unemployment or underemployment...

 

According to Deloitte, jobs in #financial services, #computing, #engineering, #arts, #media, and #healthcare are those with little or no risk of being reliably replaced by machines.

 

Angus Knowles-Cutler, one of the researchers, points out that this study, despite unveiling a difficult future for many workers, this can be an opportunity for new areas of business to be supported and predicts that the remaining human jobs will have to be better remunerated.

 

I admit that reading this study made me shiver about the future of many workers that are so used to their jobs that they don't see themselves doing anything else... But expecting employers or managers to look the other way when they can have more profit by 'employing' machines that can do the same job cheaply and without interruptions is unrealistic...

 

The #calm after the storm will surely be when we all realise that we are finally free of menial repetitive tasks, and that the industry needs us for what we know how to do better than any machine - #creative thinking.

 

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