Will You Lose Your Job to Technology? – Infographic

The 20th century saw a massive loss of jobs in factories as machines replaced humans. The US economy moved to “services” and everyone was happy! Of course service jobs are not going to be replaced by machines are they?

Think again.

Now, with the advent of automation and artificial intelligence, more jobs will become obsolete.

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  1. Bradley Ross says:

    Some of these jobs will change drastically, but will not go extinct.

    Air Traffic Controllers – Much of the work will be automated, but there will still be a need for people to handle unexpected events. By the way, the same argument applies to train dispatchers.

    Interpreters and Translators – I believe that you will see a lot of automatic translators, but you will still need human translators if you decide it is important enough to have an accurate translation. An accurate translation needs to be done by a person who is expert in the subject matter and whose native language is the one being translated to. I still remember an English translation of an engineering article that was written in French. (It was considered one of the seminal articles in the subject.) I was confused by the word dishes, until I realized that an accurate translation would have used the word plates or trays.

    Parking Meter Attendants – This assumes that each car will be equipped with a transponder which will identify the car. It furthermore assumes that the drivers won’t be allowed to turn it off. Getting that through the system will take much more than fifteen years. By the way, such a system could also issue automatic speeding tickets, except that the United States requires you to identify the driver when issuing speeding tickets.

  2. Alcoil says:

    I agree with a lot of it. It may indeed be difficult to predict certain job losses, but there is little doubt in my mind that taxi, truck, bus, train, ship, airplane operators will lose there job within the next 20 years. I am not looking forward to it because I love to drive my car and I think it is quite possible driving may become illegal because humans will be considered too dangerous on the road. Oh, and lookout Indian call centers. Your elimination is coming soon as well. I predict AI so sophisticated that a person will not be able to distinguish whether they are talking to a person or a machine. We will probably get better customer service when that transition happens.

  3. Muhammad says:

    Automatically translating Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese is probably going to take the longest.

    Also, job requirements evolve as well. The whole jobs might not be replaced in the future, but people might be required to learn addition tools and technologies to be viewed as productive employees. The job as we know it might not go extinct but may change completely.

  4. Mitchell A says:

    Please remove the “extinct by” line. The infographic was great until that was added it. There is no way of knowing to any reasonable degree of certainty when these jobs will go extinct, if ever. Many may just because very niche jobs. Ultimately adding that date takes this humorous “in the future…” infographic that has highly probable concepts and ideas and ruins it by adding a layer of ‘fake data’.

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