Rise of the machines: Robots won’t just affect factory workers and clerks — but doctors and CEOs too

We’re used to thinking that the jobs that are most likely to be taken over by automation are low-skilled ones: clerks, lowly paper pushers, assembly line workers. In contrast, those on the very high end of the wage scale — doctors, CEOs and hedge fund managers — seem like they will be comfortably insulated from the robot revolution.


Predictions are often no more than flights of fancy.

I doubt the world will witness CEO’s automate themselves out of a job.

As for the rest of us…

  • Dana Garcia

    Millions of jobs were lost to automation in the recession, due to businesses becoming more “efficient.” The trend is becoming a runaway train as machines become smarter, but the topic is not discussed by our political leaders.

    I’ve not heard a single word about automation or technological unemployment from the Presidential candidates. Did Canada do any better with Justin?

  • Xavier

    This whole “robot scare” thing is beyond me. What we should be worried about is an AI in a PC, in the hands of a socialist like Obama.

  • FactsWillOut

    If companies with automated direction can out-compete companies with traditional CEO/Pres/board of directors structure, then the CEO’s will disappear, eventually. The free market will ALWAYS win in the end.

  • tom_billesley

    Taqiyya merchants will be out of a job. Their responses to criticism of islam are so formulaic that they’d easily be automated.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Doctors are already being replaced. There’s no future in being a radiologist because machines can do it better, faster and cheaper. Same with parts of the legal profession which is little more than forms and rote procedure.