Will a robot take my job?
February 13, 2018
Will a robot take my job? This is a question many people (including myself) often ask.
Job hunting is tough for everyone (as a job hunter I speak from personal experience)
While many jobs are created yearly there is now a chance that our jobs can be done by a robot. A frightening thought.
Did you know that between 400 to 800 million jobs we currently do could be automated by 2030.
Below is some further info on how to make sure a robot will not take over your job
There is a website https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/ where if you key in your current job title you will see how safe you are.
I am a Personal Assistant and according to the site there is a 96% chance my job will no longer be performed by a human. They give the reason as robots can perform routine admin work which will include drafting correspondence, making appointments and providing information to callers.
The report also states that while new jobs will be available people will need to learn new skills to secure a new job. In addition it stated that workers in China are more likely to be affected by the change to automation.
Additional research has shown that around 4 million jobs in the UK from the private sector could be done by robots in the next 10 years. This means that around 15% of the current UK workforce could lose their jobs. There is some good news as there are always more opportunities to come along and many will require strong cognitive and social skills but what this states is that people will have to become more human.
Think of how many things are now automated. How often do you speak to a real human being when you call your bank?
We cannot stop progress but we must plan for it. This must be done because we are now fully aware of how much computer systems are becoming good at performing multi faceted tasks. For example how often do you speak to a real human being when you call your bank. Think about self drive cars. That means that all driving jobs could go. Driving cars should be a task that only humans can do yet we are seeing the increase of the driverless cars with all the recent news on this. In fact in Greenwich London recently they were testing driverless cars. https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/5/15188650/london-driverless-shuttle-service-pod-greenwich
This is a worrying trend and we do not have a crystal ball so cannot really say how this will impact on us in the future but we all must be aware of advancements regardless of the outcome.