BCLocalNews.com - The coming disruption: How robots might upend different professions

BCLocalNews.com - The coming disruption: How robots might upend different professions

The study argues that tasks, not entire professions, will be affected

A wrecking ball is coming for the labour market, analysts warn. As computer-processing power doubles each year and machines learn from their mistakes, sources say the upcoming federal budget will examine the potential of artificial intelligence to disrupt industries, politics, and entire societies. It's been mostly blue-collar workers hit so far, but white-collar jobs are next, a research project at Oxford University concluded in 2013. It said 47 per cent of jobs risk being automated. They found the most at-risk jobs involve repetitive tasks, like telemarketing, tax-preparing, and insurance underwriting. The safest jobs involved unpredictability and interpersonal skills — sparing psychologists, surgeons and social workers from labour's endangered-species list. A newer study offers a more nuanced view. McKinsey researchers argued this January that it's not careers being wiped out – just individual tasks. They concluded nearly half of human tasks will be supplanted by machines within a 20-to-50-year range... Read more (4 min reading time!)

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