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Sun Sep 4, 2016, 03:09 PM

 

Study Says Automation May Replace 40% of Canadians in Just 10 to 20 Years

http://futurism.com/study-says-automation-may-replace-40-of-canadians-in-just-10-to-20-years/



More than 40 percent of Canadians are at risk of losing their jobs due to automation, according to The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University in Toronto. And notably, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and advanced robotics means automation is not limited to just manual and restricted tasks anymore....

According to the report, in the next 10 to 20 years, there is a 70% or higher probability that these jobs will be dramatically affected by automation. The analysis also notes that workers in these “high risk” jobs earn less and have lower educational attainments than the rest of the labor force, which could make the transition particularly hard on these workers....

This news isn’t exactly unexpected. In truth, it’s mostly accepted that many routine and manual jobs have been, and will continue to be, taken over by automated systems. But there are an increasing number of reports of AI algorithms being used to conquer cognitive tasks in fields like medicine, law, journalism, and more.

How easy the transition will be remains to be seen, but the world of tomorrow will likely consist of an entirely different landscape.


I imagine the figures are aboot the same for the Lower 48, eh?

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 03:22 PM

1. We (and not just USA) better figure out how we deal with this soon. But we won't.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 04:00 PM

5. Well, bet Canada will be before us. Canada's fairly well to do

these days. I can see the day coming when 24- to 30-hour workweeks for living wages in Canada will have a bunch of people readjusting their expectations down here.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 07:55 PM

8. I know the Republican response...

will have something to do with "surplus population."

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 03:42 PM

2. +1, automation eats up way more jobs than out sourcing but out sourcing takes away thr

... extra room people have to negotiate with

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 03:51 PM

3. K&R Board of directors at large corporations are insane. How will jobless people buy their products?

Instead of destroying jobs, only in Canada and the USA, this is an international problem, which appears suicidal for giant corporations, planning to reduce labor expenses. No jobs equates to dramatically reduced product sales, worldwide.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 03:56 PM

4. At this point, it would be possible for restaurants to automate most server duties

Throw a tablet at each table, people order and request refills from it. Soon, a robot could deliver the food. We aren't quite there on the food robots but it's not far off. Replacing cooks would be a taller order but if you don't have much variety in your menu then maybe....

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 07:47 PM

7. One day we will be at "war" against the machines

There will be a bunch of sabotage if people get desperate enough with no prospects for work. The AI part is the one I find fascinating, what happens when AI can start solving problems and replace engineers, doctors, lawyers, mathematicians, etc.?

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Response to madville (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 08:53 PM

12. Someone should start working on a lawyer AI at once!

 

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 08:13 PM

9. Mechanization did the same and more to agriculture. We will have to restructure

society again just like when industrialization jobs took over from agriculture. We can do it again.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 08:28 PM

10. Robots can make poutine and/or work the counter at a Tim Hortons?

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 08:52 PM

11. Or play hockey?

 

Although, come to think of it, the Sharks were moving kind of stiffly during the Cup finals...

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