New survey shows worldwide worry
Think about it, when driverless vehicles come on-stream, what happens to literally millions of bus drivers, taxi drivers, and the huge variety of truck and delivery drivers. And that’s just the start.
Vast numbers of manufacturing jobs have been lost and continue to be lost as companies add computerised robots. In fact it has already led to a new term called “lights out” manufacturing with entire computerised plants running with virtually no human intervention as humans may need light to see what they’re doing, but robots don’t.
Bank tellers were being replaced by ATM’s and now mobile phone apps are replacing both. Self checkouts are beginning to replace cashiers, AI is already making inroads into all kinds of jobs from paralegal to journalism.
A new study from the Pew Research Centre shows people in countries around the world are worried about their job future.
The concern seems to be relatively equally shared among men and women. A majority feel that automation will make it harder for ordinary people to find jobs, more that 80 per cent of respondents in Canada, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and more than 70 per cent in Hungary, Poland, Italy and Japan.
Many also feel the trend toward automation and AI will only serve to widen the inequality between rich and poor.
The often heard comment that it will lead to more, new jobs is also something that a majority of people doubt.
As to who is responsible for preparing the workforce for the new and changing future, except for the U.S., people feel, the government, schools, and individuals themselves share responsibility in that order, although in figures not greatly different. with employers generally listed fourth in responsibility.
The U.S seems unique in that a clear majority think individuals are responsible for preparing for the future with the government listed as a distant fourth.
additional information – sources
- PEW Research: Automation and job concerns:
- CNBC: May 22/17: Autonomous trucks and vast job losses
- CBC: Jun 15/16: 42% of Canadian jobs at risk from automation
- Financial Times : C Cookson: Feb 14/16: AI-Robots mass unemployment to come
- Automation World: J Schweder: Feb 22/17: Lights out factories
- Digiday.com: L Moses: Sept 14/17: Washington Post using AI to write stories