Are you being “left behind” by technology? Some studies suggest that almost half of all jobs could be automated by 2030 (though others put that number closer to 10%, and some economies may be more vulnerable to this trend than others). Retail workers, drivers, and those working in the manufacturing sector are apparently most at risk, while teachers are among the safest professions.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Ana, who worries that AI and machine learning will inevitably destroy jobs. She believes that automation will trash the economy within a decade, and we will need to figure out how to redistribute wealth created by robots or face mass starvation. Is she perhaps being overly pessimistic?
To get a response, we spoke to Helen Mountfield, Co-Chair of the Future of Work Commission in the UK. In December 2017, the Commission published a report arguing that the most apocalyptic predictions of the impact of automation and artificial intelligence don’t stand up to scrutiny. The report argues that these technologies will create as many jobs as they destroy – assuming, however, we get the right policies in place.
Is your job at risk from Artificial Intelligence and automation? Will new technologies destroy the economy, or will they create as many jobs as they disrupt? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!