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Replace me if you can! What professions are most likely to remain in demand in the robot era?

McKinsey consultants posed the question: Which professions have the highest chance of remaining in demand in 15-20 years? The study concluded that the hardest occupations to automate will be those that involve managing and training people (teaching, coaching, business training) and those that require decision-making expertise and experience and/or a creative approach (journalist, programmer, chef), as well as the ability to negotiate with suppliers or customers. Oddly enough, some low-skilled jobs are also difficult to automate: for instance, robots are not yet able to make up beds at hotels. Hotel guests are too unpredictable—you never know where they’ll put the pillow or whether they’ll leave their clothes on the bed.

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rbuszka There won't be need for people-managers if there are no people doing the work to be managed. Those jobs that will be automated first are the ones that involve repeated tasks; the value of any automation is in the number of repetitions it can complete with as little human involvement as possible. House painting/cleaning, yard mowing, and street sweeping are some of the first; earthmoving, building construction, and farming will follow. But you won't be living in The Matrix anytime soon; using human beings to generate heat and electricity is profoundly inefficient, and there are more efficient and renewable forms of energy, unless someone ever manages to generate wind or heat energy from interpersonal drama.
04 Dec 2020
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