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The Odds of a Machine Doing Your Job

By | Aug 7th, 2016

Spoiler Alert: The odds are high that a robot/algorithm is going to be better at your job than you are.

The ascendency of the robotic workforce is a complicated issue. On the one hand, millions of human rely on driving to earn a crust. On the other hand, over a million humans die in car accidents every year. Autonomous cars are guaranteed to greatly reduce both of these numbers. It’s hard to know how to feel about that.

If you’re not convinced that self-driving cars would increase road safety all that much, we’ve got an infographic on The Car of the Future that is sure to convince you.

Speaking of autonomous vehicles, I can’t agree that airline pilots are unlikely to be replaced by machines because they practically have been! Autopilot does the majority of the flying already, and it’s a small step from there to obsolescence. I also think it’s much more likely that police patrols get replaced by robots than this graph does, but let’s not dwell on that dystopian possibility.