"Paid work for human beings could become a lot scarcer -- and soon."

-- Katrin Bennhold, The New York Times

#Future

Wed, Mar 25th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With automation getting better and smarter, rendering even the most unsuspecting of jobs obsolete, the New York Times' Katrin Bennhold wants to know what happens when all the jobs are gone.

It is not just truck drivers and tax preparers who risk losing their jobs, economists say. Robots can pick strawberries, distinguishing the ripe ones by taking hundreds of digital photographs a second, and algorithms apparently make more objective court decisions than human judges, who according to a study in Israel are more lenient after a food break.

This hyperdigital age is also creating some new jobs for humans. Among the 10 fastest-growing job descriptions identified by Dr. Frey were big data architect and iOS developer. But over all, he said, “It seems that job creation is not going to keep pace with automation.”

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