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Perspective: The future of automation and your job

By Stephen Gold, IndustryWeek

Jan 19, 2016

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Will a robot run my organization in 10 years? Maybe.

I know a chief executive’s job, which requires a fair amount of problem-solving and creativity, is probably less susceptible to automation than middle-skill jobs such as machining and bookkeeping. At the same time, new research shows that most jobs have some proportion of tasks that can be substituted by workplace automation. Including a CEO’s job.

Concerns about technology replacing workers isn’t new. The difference today is that digitization is dramatically reducing transaction costs and helping spread the changes farther and faster than before. Moreover, a new kind of automation—artificial intelligence—puts different kinds of jobs at risk than the mechanical automation of previous eras.

Particularly affected are tasks that require cognitive skills, many of which are found in middle-skill jobs.

Read more about the likely fate of most jobs over the next five years.