Are Robots Going to Take Your Job?
No, this isn’t a preview for the next Terminator movie, this is fast approaching reality for Canadians and workers around the world.
The rise in technology is making artificial intelligence more capable of performing tasks, every day. With that, these machines are becoming increasingly able to perform jobs that were previously done by humans.
With robots, companies are set to save loads of money. These machines are overall more accurate, meaning less time and less wasted materials, they reduce the need to provide workers compensation for injured workers and are mostly a fixed cost — with few maintenance fees.
A study by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University stated that 42 per cent of Canadian jobs are at risk within the next two decades. The reason being that robots in the past were mostly capable of performing routine tasks, but, with the rise in artificial intelligence they can achieve more complex and cognitive jobs.
While some jobs, such as bowling alley pinsetters or lift operators are much more reasonable to be done by robots, there are many every day jobs that are at risk.
The Globe and Mail released an article in June 2016 that rated jobs from 0 to 100 per cent in terms of likeliness to be automated.
A few of the jobs that are most likely to be automated in the next two
Accounting and related clerks — 98.00%
Cashiers — 97.00%
Financial auditors and accountants — 94.00%
Retail salespersons — 92.00%
Transport truck drivers — 79.00%
And many, many more.
What was previously the subject of fiction thrillers in the past, is now the inevitable future.
The good news is, jobs like school teachers, dentists and nurses are below the one per cent mark in probability of automation.
But, it might not be long before we see those in jeopardy too.