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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 639: Robots Can and Will do What You do

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2826463/CBRE-report-warns-50-cent-occupations-redundant-20-years-time.html



From self-driving cars to carebots for elderly people, rapid advances in technology have long represented a potential threat to many jobs normally performed by people.
But experts now believe that almost 50 per cent of occupations existing today will be completely redundant by 2025 as artificial intelligence continues to transform businesses.
A revolutionary shift in the way workplaces operate is expected to take place over the next 10 to 15 years, which could put some people's livelihoods at risk.
Customer work, process work and vast swatches of middle management will simply 'disappear', according to a new report by consulting firm CBRE and China-based Genesis.
'Experts predict that 50 per cent of occupations today will no longer exist by 2025 as people will take up more creative professions,' said Martin Chen, Chief Operating Officer of Genesis.
'This means that jobs will evolve and so will real estate development.'
Workspaces with rows of desks will become completely redundant, not because they are not fit for purpose, but simply because that purpose no longer exists, according to the report.
'The next fifteen years will see a revolution in how we work, and a corresponding revolution will necessarily take place on how we plan and think about workplaces,' said Peter Andrew, Director of Workplace Strategy for CBRE Asia Pacific. - DailyMail


Imagine that: 50% of the jobs that people do today will no loner be guaranteed. The hope is that the workplace and/or economy will evolve and start providing jobs for all the people who will now be homeless because a robot took their job.

Robots taking over the workplace may be inevitable, but we can change the way in which it is done as well as the impact of this on the lives of people (and the entire planet for that matter). Will millions of people become unemployed? Will the robots work only for the rich while everyone else is left to fend for themselves.

We have the power and potential to use the tools that we create, like robots, to improve life for everyone without taking away anyone's livelihood. There are many different ways in which this could be done, many different proposals that can be tweaked and fine tuned until they work to the benefit of all life on earth. We have this within our reach, and yet we continue to grab at straws, believing that somehow a solution has appeared.

I am stopping here for now, short and sweet for tonight.

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