Report: Robots Will Take Over More than 50% of Work Tasks By 2025Marie Donlon | September 17, 2018
According to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), robots will likely be handling over 50% of current work tasks by the year 2025.
While the number seems daunting, the report also suggests that there might be a subsequent net gain in “new roles” for human workers, revamping their skill sets to accommodate such a shift in how they work with computer programs and machines.
"By 2025 more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines as opposed to 29 percent today," according to a statement by the Swiss non-profit organization.
Such fast-moving changes in machines and algorithms, or computer processes designed to help solve problems, "could create 133 million new roles in place of 75 million that will be displaced between now and 2022," the group forecasted.
Among the industries expected to experience the biggest changes due to automation, thereby replacing humans with robots, are the accounting, industrial, postal, secretarial and accounting sectors, according to the WEF report titled The Future of Jobs 2018.
The same report also suggests that jobs requiring “human skills” — sales, marketing and customer relations, for instance — will likely see an increased demand.
The report is the culmination of a survey of personnel directors and senior executives from companies all over the world accounting for 70% of global output.