Robots are coming for your job, and most of you don’t even know it

robotRobots may soon take your job and, most likely, you won’t see it coming.

While two in three Americans expect that, within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work that humans currently do, when it comes to their own jobs, most workers think they’re in the clear, according to a survey of more than 2,000 adults released Thursday by Washington, D.C.-based think tank Pew Research Center.

Fully 80% of workers say their current job will definitely or probably exist in its current form in 50 years; just 6% say it will definitely not.

  • The Butterfly

    So learn to build and/or program robots.

    Because of technology I (rough) estimate that I do the work of about 50 butterflies from 50 years ago. And maybe 100 from 100 years ago.

    I also think there needs to be greater income inequality between intelligent and beautiful butterflies and ditch-diggers.

  • Shebel

    Trades people might just become the new Elite.

  • simus1

    “3D printing” is going to be so huge, so flexible, and so disruptive it is giving me a headache just trying not to think about it.

    • We have not yet seen even a hint of its impact yet.

      • Clink9

        It will probably blow over like CB radios and the internets.

    • Xavier

      When that technology finally matures, it will change everything. Imagine a society where all basic needs are filled at little or no charge – basically a worldwide welfare state with no need to work or be productive at anything. When everyone is equal and there is nothing else to do, what glorious wars they will have!

      • WalterBannon

        Ah you mean the socialist utopia world of star trek and their replicators

        • Xavier

          Probably closer to The Diamond Age, with The Feed, nanobot wars and a two class society.

    • WalterBannon

      3d printing is like Beta video cassettes

      It will probably be made obsolete before it matures by some better, really disruptive, technology

  • WalterBannon

    A lot of jobs won’t exist in the future, thanks to marxist clowns like Trudeau, Wynne and Notley. But I will not be around in 50 years so why should I care? If this is what the sheep want then let them have it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I would rather have a robot boss than the one I have.

    • john s

      It isn’t you boss the robot will replace….

      • Hard Little Machine

        They’re not replacing me, not yet. And no – my control freak anal retentive OCD psychopath of a boss is the perfect candidate for automation.

  • john s

    So some folks are just figuring this out now, huh. I live in a forestry town, we know mechanization and job loss. The problem isn’t that people’s jobs have been eradicated it is that they have not been replaced. For the folks who say: learn a new job! I would ask what happens when everything is automated? People need work in order to have self worth and value.
    On another topic, where did all the extra profit canfor made through automation actually go? We didn’t see it.

    • doowleb

      “where did all the extra profit canfor made through automation actually go?”

      To it’s investors, called shareholders. Become an investor or shareholder and quit expecting to receive something for nothing. Check your mutual funds if you have any. You may already be the recipient of some of the ‘extra profit’.

      • john s

        Did I ask for something for nothing, a hole? I fully understand where the profit went. The mutual funds do what they are intended to: give people something for nothing. Investors encourage companies to maximize profit so that by virtue of having money they can make more, without actually producing any more usable product.
        Who is actually asking for something for nothing here? It is the guy who wants a job or the guy who wants his dividends? Let’s add in the cuts taken by the execs…. . If things continue as they are the there will be no jobs, people will not have mutual funds because they won’t have the money to invest.

        • doowleb

          With economic smarts like that, Bernie Sanders must be looking good to you.

  • canminuteman

    I should be good for a while. My job is basically repairing the robots – in the hope that they eat me last!

    • G

      I steal and sell robots.

  • FactsWillOut