The Future of Employment - Part 1 of 2 (Comic #12)
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Bloomberg: Your Job Taught to Machines Puts Half U.S. Work at Risk
Oxford Study: The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?
[Sign near Zaba:]
Zaba's Futurology & Advice
Customer to Zaba: I just lost my job at the burger joint to some dumb touchscreen and no one else is hiring. How can I possibly afford college? What should I major in so I can actually get a decent job?
Zaba: A recent Oxford study reveals 702 occupations are on the verge of being completely or partially automated over the next few decades, impacting half of the current work force.
[Zaba points to a poster that shows:]
Top Jobs most likely to be automated soon:
2. Title Examiners
3. Mathematical Technicians
5. Cargo/Freight Agents
6. Tax Preparers
7. Data Entry
9. Loan Officers
11. Machine Operators
12. Insurance Appraisers
Zaba: Automation and AI tech will affect a lot more than just minimum wage fast food jobs.
[Zaba narrates, we see what he's describing]
AI software can now comb through and analyze millions of legal documents that used to take an army of lawyers and paralegals.
[Hal is reading huge stacks of papers quickly]
Self-driving vehicles are on the horizon and will appear on the roads over the next 10 years. They can replace truck drivers, package and mail delivery couriers and taxi drivers.
[Titanium is driving a truck]
AI software can potentially do half of the work in the medical field including diagnosis, ordering and analyzing lab work, prescribing treatments/medications, measuring and dispensing medication, analyzing drug interactions and side effects, clerical work and more.
[Titanium & Sandy are with a patient]
Already heavily automated by robotic factory workers, advances in 3D printing technology could bring manufacturing to every desktop. Or gigantic 3D printers could print concrete and create houses and buildings.
[Hal has a hard and a house is being constructed in background by a 3d printer]
Professions in finance, banking, and insurance topped the lists of occupations likely to be replaced by algorithms.
[Hal is counting money]
Customer: How can I -- or really all of society possibly survive this AI/automation revolution?
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