Which 5 jobs will robots take first?

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In 2012, Futurist Thomas Frey predicted that 2 billion jobs would disappear by 2030, roughly half of all jobs that exist today. Oxford University researchers reinforced this with their estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades. But which ones will robots take first?

First, we should define “robots” as technologies, such as machine learning algorithms running on purpose-built computer platforms, that have been trained to perform tasks that currently require humans to perform.

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Can the rapid advances in technology create a jobless future?

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“We are interested in robots that create and are creative,”  Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions. Lipson is an engineering professor at Cornell University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and robotics. His research projects provide a peek into the intriguing possibilities of machines and automation, from robots that “evolve” to ones that assemble themselves out of basic building blocks. A few years ago, Lipson demonstrated an algorithm that explained experimental data by formulating new scientific laws, which were consistent with ones known to be true. He had automated scientific discovery.



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When unemployment rises among men, domestic violence falls

Gender-based jobless rates change household dynamics.

The European Union’s unemployment rate fell in June for the first time in more than two years — that is, until you consider that 10.9 percent of the union’s workforce is still jobless, and that number for countries that use the euro is 12.1 percent.



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1 in 2 recent graduates are jobless or underemployed


Graduates with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs.

The 2012 graduating classes in U.S. colleges are in for a rude awakening to the world of work.

The weak labor market has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.

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Post-Employment Era: Humans need not apply

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Perhaps comedian Steven Wright said it best:

“I lost my job the other day. Well, I didn’t really lose it. I know where it’s at, it’s just when I go there someone else is doing it.”

They say that the truest comedy is the funniest, and there is nothing truer than the statement above. Steven’s old job didn’t go anywhere… his employer just found someone more qualified, more efficient, or less costly to do it. In today’s economy where layoffs and a bleak job market are the norm, the joke has lost a great deal of it’s humor. But a good look at the data proves Steven’s point — all those jobs are still there, it’s just that employers are finding more qualified, more efficient, and more cost-effective help.

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Extended unemployment benefits are set to expire in 2012, will this be the next big hit to the economy?


The total impact of the extended unemployment benefits on the economy is huge, because so many Americans are currently taking advantage of them.

The economic recovery could be headed for a major hit that will leave it even weaker as extended unemployment benefits are set to expire in 2012.


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Nationwide crackdown unemployment insurance fraud


The poor economy lingers and the jobless rate remaining high.

States will start a nationwide crackdown for people fraudulently drawing unemployment payments.  $17 billion in were dswindle last year alone  from those who were never eligible and workers who keep getting checks after they return to work,  say federal officials.


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