Can a Machine Do Your Job?

Source: Fast Company, 2015

A handy calculator from NPR, based on research from Oxford University, will tell you how likely it is that your job will be automated in the next couple of decades.

he study analyzed 702 different jobs, looking at characteristics like creativity and dexterity, and improvements in automation that are likely to happen in the next couple of decades.

The researchers identified several factors that increase the chances a job can be computerized. The more you’re required to personally help other people, the less likely you’re going to be replaced by a robot (though things like robotic nurses already exist). If your job requires negotiation, or a high degree of creativity, there’s also less risk.

The second wave of automation will depend on how quickly robots can learn creative and social intelligence—something that’s likely to take more time, but will probably happen eventually.


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