Almost 50% of Jobs to be Automated In the Next Two Decades


Thu, Sep 19th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

As reported by Technology Review, researchers from the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, report that "45 percent of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years."

The authors believe this takeover will happen in two stages. First, computers will start replacing people in especially vulnerable fields like transportation/logistics, production labor, and administrative support. Jobs in services, sales, and construction may also be lost in this first stage. Then, the rate of replacement will slow down due to bottlenecks in harder-to-automate fields such engineering. This “technological plateau” will be followed by a second wave of computerization, dependent upon the development of good artificial intelligence. This could next put jobs in management, science and engineering, and the arts at risk.



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