Not much in the way of pictures at the moment, so here is a story I found on the Norwegian nation broadcastering website (NRK).
It’s a report from Swedish researchers saying that over 50% of current jobs will be replaced by computers by 2035, together with a table of those most at risk. It makes interesting reading. There are some surprises (librarians, models, hunters, blacksmiths and agents).
|Bookkeeping and auditing assistants||97.0%|
|Machine operators in wood industries||97.0%|
|Assistants in agriculture, forestry and fishing||95.0%|
|Other machine operators and assemblers||94.8%|
|Sellers in retail||94.4%|
|Street and market sellers||94.0%|
|Other office staff||94.0%|
|Cleaning and recovery workers||93.0%|
|Office Secretaries and data punchers||92.2%|
|Machine operators in rubber and plastics industries||89.8%|
|Process Operators of steel and metal||89.0%|
|Kitchen and restaurant assistants||88.6%|
|Food service and restaurant personnel||88.4%|
|Furniture and model carpenters||87.9%|
|Butchers, bakers, confectioners||87.1%|
|Machine operators in chemical industry||86.2%|
|Coarse Workers in construction||84.8%|
|Machine operators lithographic||81.1%|
|Storage and transport assistants||78.8%|
|Delivery drivers and couriers||77.9%|
|Painters, sweeps and refinishers||75.5%|
|Process Operators, wood and paper industry||75.0%|
|Mining and quarrying workers. Stonecutters||72.2%|
|Sellers, buyers, brokers||71.2%|
|Other service workers||71.1%|
|Hand Packers and other factory workers||70.3%|
|Hardware and engine repair||66.7%|
|Tailors and paperhangers||65.5%|
|Fishermen and hunters||62.4%|
|Electricians, telecommunications and electronics repairers||57.2%|
|Engineers and technicians||56.4%|
|Archivists and librarians||50.4%|
|Tanners, leather workers, shoemakers||50.3%|
Thankfully there is no mention of musicians / organists / kantors.
One can only wonder toward what sort of world are we headed? Maybe the researchers have been watching the Terminator films. Do they foresee some kind of universal ‘personbot’ that can find you a book, check out your shopping, shoe your horse, shot your next meal, and pose on a cat walk? Will the same device also clean your toilet (esepcially the hard to get to bit round the back), fill in your tax return (hopefully having washed it’s hands first), then redecorate your home? And will it try to kill you if you want to switch it off?
And how reliable will it be? To quote the much used worst oxymoron: Microsoft works!
Hmm . . . .