Will the Machines Really Take Over?
Using data from a comprehensive employment report from the University of Oxford, Henrik Lindberg, chief technology officer at Swedish financial technology company Zimpler, developed a chart depicting which jobs were most likely to be taken over by robots.
According to his data, the first jobs to be performed by robots will be those working as retail clerks, fast food workers, and secretaries.
(Of course that means that the concept of “customer service” will be dramatically changed, resulting in the total lack of interpersonal communication.)
He doesn’t say exactly when it will happen, but he expects that within 10 to 20 years, about 50% of jobs in existence today will transition to automation.
Lindberg believes that occupations which will remain in demand are those that require the human characteristics of compassion, understanding, and moral judgement, such as nurses, teachers, and police officers.
So, the question I’m going to ask you is a simple one: is this the world you want to live in?
If we allow it, it will happen.
If we don’t want it this way, then we’ll have to do something about it.
I readily admit that technology makes my life much easier, but there’s a limit to how beneficial it is.
And I’m going to end this with our experience when we go into your favorite Chipotle for lunch. The cooks in the back wave and say “hi” and we have a brief conversation with the workers on the line beyond letting them know whether we want chicken or barbacoa.
It’s personal. And it’s fun.