Robots, automation and AI will replace 5 million human jobs by 2020

Significant technological advances have reshaped society as we know it.

However, the World Economic Forum warned that while this is pushing us into “the fourth industrial revolution” and is transforming the labour markets beyond all recognition from decades ago, it will lead to a net loss of over 5 million jobs in 15 major developed and emerging economies by 2020.

These countries include Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States.

WEF Future of Jobs

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just wait till media jobs are replaced by machines. A cry was heard throughout the land !!!!

    • What about the Monkey typists?

      • Justin St.Denis

        Jobs await them at The Daily Goatfucker, a Toronto Star, Crescent and Swastika sister publication targeting the more hirsute simian hordes.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        We are all so screwed!

        • The Butterfly

          I, for one, welcome our new ape overlords.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          The imam depicted in the above photo lives in Mississauga (soon to be renamed ‘Islamissauga’).

          • Shebel

            Did he just emigrate from Brampton?

        • David Murrell

          Some of the BCF threads, like this one, are so funny, a scream!

      • Exile1981
      • Xavier

        The ones that were going to recreate Shakespeare?

        The internet proved that theory wrong.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      If that’s the case, please let Steve Paikin be replaced first.

      • Shebel

        Hey! I like Steve Paikin. He is pretty fair.

    • Alain

      Well the robots/machines could not do a worse job.

  • The Butterfly

    Beautiful butterflies will always be in demand.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Robot goats are on the way, though. Ha ha ha!

      • Shebel

        Perpetually virgin robot goats.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    I guess the only upside is these robots will not be Muslims requiring foot bathing stations, five prayer breaks a day, in addition to endless coddling and special treatment.

    • Xavier

      $10 says there’s a Moslem robot within 5 years.

  • Jay Currie

    It is an interesting question as to whether, with the coming of robots, there is any real point to low skill immigration. Robots will do the jobs that Canadians just won’t do…Sounds like a plan.

    • Bataviawillem

      That is to much cowmen sense and the politicians will have nothing to make them feel good about themselves, so that is not going to happen.

    • Dana Garcia

      Immigrants are so last century.

      Now if only the politicians would notice.

  • Watson

    I suggest the unemployed people can get jobs replacing crash test dummies to test the safety of driverless cars to ensure the safety of their microprocessor units.

  • Xavier

    5 million is a trivial number in one country; spread over that list of countries, it’s meaningless.

    But every day Dune looks more and more prescient; “Thou shall not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind” – Orange Catholic Bible

    • T.C.

      You will note the list of countries – once again – did not include Canada. Maybe because the greenies will be taking us off the grid soon.

    • David Murrell

      I was thinking the same thing. If one totals up the employment of all the countries mentioned, 5 million jobs lost is a small percentage.

  • FactsWillOut

    Neo-Malthusian BS.
    Automation will no more wreck the economy than cars, factories and planes did.
    Capital investment means people are getting paid. If there are no people getting paid, then the capital investment is zero. Things that can be brought to market without capital investment become free, or dirt cheap.
    Simple von Mises Economics.

    • Xavier

      It’s what we don’t see (or are willingly blind to) that will do us in.

      • FactsWillOut

        Like leftards and muzz.

  • FactsWillOut

    At a prosthetic surgeons convention, one doctor bragged “I had a patient who lost his hand in an industrial accident, so I built him a new hand. It worked so well that the company laid off 3 workers.” So, the next doctor bragged “Oh yeah, well, I had a patient who lost his whole arm, so I built him a new one, and it worked so well that it out 10 people out of work.”
    Finally, a doctor says “Pfft! I was on my way to work one day when I smelled a fart on the wind. So I wrapped a glad bag around it, brought it to work, built an ahole around it, threw on a torso, some arms and legs and an ugly talking head, and it was Justin Trudeau, and he put everybody out of work.”