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What the Job Market Will Be Like In 2040

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Topic: What the Job Market Will Be Like In 2040
Posted By: Marcelo22
Subject: What the Job Market Will Be Like In 2040
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 2:14pm
The news: Welcome, our future robot overlords." rel="nofollow - A new study , commissioned by job search site XPat Jobs, argues that intelligent robots may take away our jobs sooner than we think — possibly in the next 30 years.

"People will be surprised how fast things will change," said XPat Jobs director Rhys Maddocks. "Technology and computers have only really touched the work market so far. That and the globalization of all work will revolutionize the way we think of work in the next 25 years."

The study found that drivers, call center workers and others in the service industry would be out of a job, as technology drives robots to be more efficient and cost-effective. Conversely, humans will have to compete harder for a smaller number of jobs, while we battle our own biological limitations to keep up; people would develop "poor eyesight, smaller organs and constantly-furrowed brows" from long, tedious work, with the average working week increasing to 50.5 hours. (Although such evolutionary changes" rel="nofollow - generally take longer  than just one or two generations.) 

Workers in the increasingly globalized economy would also have to develop" rel="nofollow - new skill sets: Speaking multiple languages would be a requirement (Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese), and sleeping patterns would need change in order to function in multiple time zones. The study even predicts that people will resort to ear implants or brain-boosting procedures to become more efficient.

"Humans may even feel the need to compete against such artificial intelligences for jobs, as genetic or android technology develops to such an extent that we can upgrade ourselves in much the same way as a software upgrade," said Derek Woodgate, president of consulting firm The Futures Lab.

Are these fears overblown? Given that the study doesn't actually provides any statistics or figures, it can be easy to dismiss these claims as unfounded fear-mongering. But as for its point that the job market is in the danger of being taken over by robots, there are plenty of other studies to back it up. According to research from" rel="nofollow - Oxford University , nearly half of the U.S. workforce is in danger of losing jobs to robots in the next 20 years.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is inclined to agree. "Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of [the] skill set … Twenty years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don't think people have that in their mental model," he" rel="nofollow - said  in March.

And the introduction of a robot workforce could be as transformative as the dawn of the industrial era. "We are at an inflection point,"" rel="nofollow - write  MIT researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in their book, The Second Machine Age. "The key building blocks are already in place for digital technologies to be as important and transformational to society and the economy as the steam engine."

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Posted By: Marcelo22
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 2:22pm

Posted By: Starrygurl
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 2:27pm
Attack for the machines(skynet).LOL Why don't they say just, The Matrix owns your ass.

Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 2:32pm
welp. *shrugs*

Posted By: Faithfully2002
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 3:51pm
Oh wow

Posted By: Derri
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 4:02pm
oh yeah, because that makes total sense. 

Posted By: bigsexylisa
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 4:02pm
In the next 25 years though?  That really doesn't seem that far away.  Hell...I'm still waiting on Hoverboards from Back II the Future--all we've gotten so far is video conferencing.   

Posted By: AmiliaCabral
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 4:04pm
makes sense but people would be stupid as hell for letting that happen
just another way to keep the poor down

Posted By: Derri
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 4:17pm
New world slavery. 

Thank you robot, for serving me this here glass of radiation. 

Since they like Mars so much, I have a great idea...

Posted By: LilMissSunshine
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 7:52pm
Robots can't replace the human sense of emotion and empathy. Customers are going to get frustrated, they already hate interactive voice response systems. I always try to bypass them by press # or 0.

Posted By: Junior Jr
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 8:05pm
it'll be sooner.

Singularity is knocking at the door.


Posted By: HeyBeautiful18
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 8:09pm
If robots are gonna take over then what will all the humans be left to do?

Posted By: Marcelo22
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 8:16pm
Originally posted by HeyBeautiful18 HeyBeautiful18 wrote:

If robots are gonna take over then what will all the humans be left to do?

theres a little thing, not sure if u heard of it before, called unemployment

Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 8:23pm

Posted By: HeyBeautiful18
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 8:43pm

Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 9:26pm
Become coders and program robots creativity is a human thing so no robots will not be that imaginable.

Posted By: Junior Jr
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 9:38pm
that's what you think


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 9:39pm
Hopefully by then I will be retired.   

Posted By: maysay1
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 9:48pm
Originally posted by HeyBeautiful18 HeyBeautiful18 wrote:

If robots are gonna take over then what will all the humans be left to do?

I personally think most people will be forced into a subsistence lifestyle basically surviving on government handouts, charity, and alternative economies. Like the great depression. The wealth/knowledge/skill divide is only going to get wider and wider and regular humans can't keep up.

It's already happening but it'll get much worse. Folks should really start working on their survival skills (growing and preserving food, simple medical aid, skills that can be bartered, etc.).

Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Apr 24 2014 at 10:31pm
Didn't we have a thread that talked about how we fail to predict the future?

Posted By: f8dagrate
Date Posted: Apr 25 2014 at 12:04am
Man, I'm still waiting for my own one of these.

Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Apr 25 2014 at 12:56am
Originally posted by AmiliaCabral AmiliaCabral wrote:

makes sense but people would be stupid as hell for letting that happen
just another way to keep the poor down

indeed.  u got these public schools that don't get alot folks (especially children of colour) into The Maths and Sciences.    Then if you're a person who simply doesn't have the aptitude for math...welp...looks like your assed out because there is only so much room for folks who can live off their art.

and trust and believe folks are just gonna let it happen.  u can't stop these large corporations/conglomerates from making more profit more important than people.  if this were a genuine concern legislation would already be in place or in the works.

Posted By: iChinaaBanks
Date Posted: Apr 25 2014 at 8:35am
Welp, I guess I should double major in nursing & fashion merchandising.

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