[GIFs] 10 Jobs We Will Eventually Lose To Computers

Oxford researchers say that 45 percent of America's occupations will be automated within the next 20 years. Will Malaysia follow suit?

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Oxford Researches Carried Out A US Study And Concluded That 45% Of Occupations Will Be Automated Within The Next 20 Years

A recent report from the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology attempts to quantify the extent of that threat. It concludes that 45 percent of American jobs are at high risk of being taken by computers within the next two decades.

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Jobs in services, sales, and construction may also be lost in this first stage. Then, the rate of replacement will slow down due to bottlenecks in harder-to-automate fields such engineering. This “technological plateau” will be followed by a second wave of computerization, dependent upon the development of good artificial intelligence.

The authors believe this takeover will happen in two stages. First, computers will start replacing people in especially vulnerable fields like transportation/logistics, production labor, and administrative support.

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1. Bank Teller

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Mark Gilder, director of distribution strategy at Citibank, told MarketWatch recently that "at least 85% of the things you can do at the teller, you can do at the ATM."

2. Cashier

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Indeed, the number of self-checkout machines may be as high as 430,000 worldwide — more than quadruple the number in 2008.

3. Receptionist

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Thrifty companies can now avoid hiring someone to answer the phones thanks to software programs Virtual Receptionist, while others are being outsourced by the likes of Davinci Live Receptionist.

4. Telephone operator

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Telephone operators — defined as people who answer phones for companies and overnight call service like doctors and so on — are a vanishing species thanks to outsourcing and ubiquitous automation.

5. Mail carrier

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Email is causing the overall amount of snail mail to drop — there were 171 billion pieces delivered in 2011 vs. 2010 the year before.

6. Travel Agent

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Years ago, there was no Expedia or Orbitz. To book a flight somewhere, you had to visit a travel agent, who would presumably get you the best deal possible. These days, many view the occupation as superfluous.

7. Typist

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In these days of blogging CEOs and voice-recognition software, the notion is increasingly antiquated.

8. Newspaper reporter

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Blogs plus aggregation services like Google News are making the average consumer less reliant on newspapers. As a result, the number of newspapers is dropping...

9. Data entry associate

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Software has also mimicked data entry, obviating the need for humans to perform the job.

10. Telemarketer

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Telemarketers are increasingly being replaced by robocalls, which can do the job 24/7 and maintain their perkiness no matter how many times consumers hang up on them.

"Our Findings Thus Imply That As Technology Races Ahead, Low-Skill Workers Will Reallocate To Tasks That Are Non-Susceptible To Computerisation"

The study results were calculated with a common statistical modeling method. More than 700 jobs on O*Net, an online career network, were considered, as well as the skills and education required for each, "For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills.”

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