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Automation And AI Threatening One-Quarter Of Jobs, Study Finds

28/01/2019

When people see the possible things Automation and AI can do, they fear the dystopian future where robots rule the Earth. But then came a correction with waves or reassurance.

But according to a Study by Mark Muro, Robert Maxim, and Jacob Whiton from Brookings Institute, the future of job seekers are again at stake.

Now, the discourse appears to be arriving at a more complicated understanding, suggesting that automation will bring neither apocalypse nor utopia, but instead both benefits and stress alike. Such is the ambiguous and sometimes disembodied nature of the 'future of work' discussion.

The analysis intended to bring the often-inscrutable trends, and it follows report that develops both backward and forward-looking analyses of the impacts of automation over the years, in 1980 to 2016 and 2016 to 2030 to assess past and upcoming trends as they affect both people and communities in the U.S..

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According to the study from Brookings Institute, around 25 percent of U.S. jobs are at "high risk."

Jobs related to transportation, food preparation, production and office admins are among those at highest risk, with robotics and artificial intelligence threatening to automate many things compromising 70 percent of the tasks, according to the study.

This also include activities involving processing, data collection and physical labor.

AI with automation is expected to have a bigger impact in certain regions in the country, affecting those workers that are less well educated.

"Youth, and less educated workers, along with underrepresented groups all appear likely to face significantly more acute challenges from automation in the coming years" the study says. "Young workers and Hispanics will be especially exposed."

To prevent such thing from really happening, local governments and industries can help brace for impact, by educating and developing skills among existing workers, says Brookings.

This include: Investing in reskilling incumbent workers, expanding accelerated learning and certifications, making skill development more financially accessible, aligning and expanding traditional education, and fostering uniquely human qualities.

And to facilitate smoother adjustment, Brookings suggests creating a Universal Adjustment Benefit to support all displaced workers, and to maximize hiring through a subsidized employment program

The study's main focus is on areas of potential occupational change rather than net employment losses or gains.

The study also put special attention to national top-line statistics to explore industry, geographical, and demographic variations. Finally, the report concludes by suggesting a comprehensive response framework for national and state-local policymakers.



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