Are Robots Coming to Take Your Job? Use This Tool to Find Out

Are Robots Coming to Take Your Job? Use This Tool to Find Out

NPR has created an early-warning device that can tell your if you're machine-replaceable

Leo Lutero
  • 28 may 2015

NPR’s Quoctrung Bui reports data on the robot-vs-human-in-the-workplace for a sneak peek on what’s to come in 20 years. Computers and smarter programming are constantly evolving at lightning fast speed.

If computers can drive cars, understand and respond to human speech and have a direct access to the wealth of the Internet, well, what can’t they do? With recent and continued developments in artificial intelligence research, better sensors, capable motors and chips growing in power and not in size, worrying about a robot replacing you in that office photo is justified.

“Will Your Job Be Done by Machines?” from NPR is here to reassure or otherwise terrify you. It pools data from the University of Oxford study entitled “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?” and present it succinctly.

Let’s do a test run. For example, I work as an accountant for a big company. Should I consider another career?

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Well, the results aren’t very positive on this one. It shows that accountants and auditors have a 93.5 percent chance of being automated. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the wealth of automated accounting tools already available to SMEs and startups online that can help them skip hiring a person for the books.

The estimates are based on four major factors: the need to cough up clever solutions (out-of-the-box thinking), the amount of social interaction needed, the space the job requires and negotiation skills needed.

However, there is still hope for accountants out there. Given that the paper admits that its methodology was only recently devised, it fails to consider how accountant functions may vary in the future.

Creative fields enjoy low probability of computer replacements but mental health and substance abuse social workers may outlive the rest by an almost impossible to replace 0.3 percent rating.

Check out your survivability on NPR and find out if the device your reading this in is a threat to your salary.

Lead Image: Jeff Keyzer | Wikipedia | CC | No changes made

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