Robots May Put 800 Million People Out Of Work By 2030
Science and Technology
On 5th December 2017
The authors of the study explain that the proliferation of automation will "generate significant benefits for users, businesses, and economies, lifting productivity and economic growth." They add that "it will create new occupations that do not exist today, much as technologies of the past have done."
There’s no point in fighting this generally positive change, but this report does suggest that this contentious debate needs revisiting, and quickly.
Here are the jobs that will be least affected in developed economies:
Health workers, such as doctors, nurses, and childcare staff.
In much the same way that those in the dying coal industry could be given retraining to work in clean energy, those losing their jobs to machines should be trained up to be in charge of the automation to some degree – or at least be given a decent chance to switch careers.
Either way, they’ll clearly need plenty of help, and that’s the key issue here.
McKinsey said automation could make workers more productive, driving economic growth and improving overall pay globally.
It added that workers should not hold fears about the availability of work in the future, as technology creates new jobs – particularly in education, financial services, and healthcare.