Many jobs may be lost to automation and others will change

24 April 2018

There has been considerable public debate about the extent of job destruction and whether automation and digitalisation are leading to mass technological unemployment, in which many jobs will be done by computers and robots.
This is fuelled by the perception that technological change is faster paced and broader based than in the past, making many more jobs automatable than previously thought. While only 15 years ago computers performed poorly in non-routine cognitive and manual tasks, cutting-edge technologies now open the possibility for tasks as diverse as medical diagnosis, insurance brokerage and driving to be automated (News Item OECD, 27 February 2018).
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