Some people, probably men, have been thinking about how robots and AI and the general trend of automation will affect the UK job market, finding that as many as 10 million jobs might go off to robotic methods within 15 years. So those shiny metal arseholes had better start paying their taxes.
These numbers come from PricewaterhouseCoopers, which says that the low-skilled, repetitive, hitting-things-with-a-hammer jobs of the male part of the workforce are more likely to be machined-away out of existence than the flower arranging and nodding and smiling jobs of the female workers. Up to half of all jobs in the manufacturing and driving spaces are under threat of elimination by the 2030s, they reckon.
But there's some good news for the clever people who are able to pick and choose their careers, as the automation of some of the shittier jobs should mean lucky people with all the qualifications can concentrate on doing more fun things -- plus we will always need robot fixers.
PwC's John Hawksworth said: "By boosting productivity -- a key UK weakness over the past decade -- and so generating wealth, advances in robotics and AI should also create additional jobs in less automatable parts of the economy as this extra wealth is spent or invested." [Sky News]