Millions of jobs across the US and UK To Be Eliminated by robotic machines over next 15-years
British high streets and factories will be transformed over the next two decades as millions of jobs are replaced by robots, a new report warns.
Eleven million jobs across the UK economy are at high risk of being automated by 2036, with the retail and transport sectors most vulnerable, according to Deloitte.
It came as Sir Roger Carr, the chairman of BAE Systems, warned that humans could become “mere spectators” to their destruction unless governments do more to police the development of autonomous weapons.
Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accountancy firms, said rapid advances in technology and the popularity of online shopping meant more than 2m jobs in the wholesale and retail sector – or almost 60pc of the current retail workforce – had a high chance of being automated by 2036. U.S. jobs will suffer similarly, of course.
Experts warned that self-checkouts and shelves stacked by robots would become a common sight in UK shops, with the pace of automation “likely to accelerate”.
Factory workers also face being replaced en-masse, the report said. A total of 1.5m jobs in the transport sector – or 74pc of the current workforce – are at high risk of automation in the next 20 years.
The research, which builds upon Deloitte’s work with Oxford University in 2014, showed that few sectors would escape the rise of the robot, with the impact already being felt in several sectors.
Analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed almost 750,000 net jobs had been lost in manufacturing since the turn of the millennium, while the wholesale and retail sector saw net job losses of 338,000.
However, the authors highlighted that millions of new roles had been created to meet changing demands.
More than 1m extra jobs in health and social work had been created since 2000, the majority of which have a low chance of automation, Deloitte said.
Education and information and communication sectors were the most sheltered from future automation, it added.
Angus Knowles-Cutler, vice-chairman of Deloitte, said millions of new jobs in sectors such as technology, as well as creative and caring professions, were likely to be created over the coming decades.
However, he said it remained uncertain whether the pace of job creation could compensate for the roles that were likely to be destroyed.
“The big question is if the pace and adoption of technology accelerates, would we be in new terrotory?” he said.
Andrew Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, warned last year that middle income jobs could be “hollowed out” by machines, leaving only low-paid and high-paid jobs behind.
David Sproul, Deloitte’s UK chief executive, said early adoption of technology and support for displaced workers was the key to avoiding mass unemployment.
“It is essential that business, government and educators all work together to plan for this and put measures in place to build the skills needed for the future. With this, we can be more confident that technological change can work for us, not against us,” he said.
However, a line needed to be drawn when using robotics in the defence market, Sir Roger said.
He essentially ruled BAE out from designing such weapons, adding that they would have “no emotion and no concern and no sense of mercy or even identification of friend or foe”.
Autonomous weapons were “fundamentally wrong”, he said.
Editor: There has been considerable discussion about genetic manipulation and replacement of humans with machines, animals made to be intelligent, humans made into cyborgs and so forth — and all of this technology is moving along at a nearly secret high speed pace.
How can millions of jobs be replaced with machines and leave any opportunity for people to earn their living? This no one answers, nor will they. Truth is, not only will jobs be eliminated, so eventually will huge corporations reduce “excess population.” Our future generations will be born into troubled times and a few may wonder how it all happened. Only prayer and the return of the true and living God can rescue us.
Until then, those who have turned their fortunes into REAL MONEY will be able to survive and dodge the coming troubles. Those who invested in paper promises will find themselves trapped in poverty and finally desolate.
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