Data Acquisition

The Robot Uprising Won't Be as Dire as First Predicted

01 November 2017

As the threat of being replaced by robots and other technology looms, workers can rest a bit easier with the release of a new study that re-examines the percentage of workers likely to be replaced by automation.

In 2013, the study, The Future of Employment, predicted that 47% of workers in particular occupations (based on U.S. employment figures) were at risk of being replaced by technology.

However, after conducting a more in-depth study and publishing their findings in a report called The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030, a new team of researchers determined that the number of vulnerable workers is actually 20 percent instead of the startling 47 percent.

To reach that 20 percent figure, researchers focused on other factors contributing to the vulnerability of certain occupations in addition to skills that researchers believe cannot be replicated by humans.

To read more on their research, click here.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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