Fourth Industrial Revolution: Automation could replace 5 million jobs by 2020 – Interesting Engineering

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    OECD working paper: 14% of jobs across 32 developed countries are highly vulnerable to automation and 32% are vulnerable, equaling ~210M jobs in total

    A study finds nearly half of jobs are vulnerable to automation
    That could free people to pursue more interesting careers

    A WAVE of automation anxiety has hit the West. Just try typing “Will machines…” into Google. An algorithm offers to complete the sentence with differing degrees of disquiet: “…take my job?”; “…take all jobs?”; “…replace humans?”; “…take over the world?”

    Job-grabbing robots are no longer science fiction. In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne of Oxford University used—what else?—a machine-learning algorithm to assess how easily 702 different kinds of job in America could be automated. They concluded that fully 47% could be done by machines “over the next decade or two”.


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