* 15 million jobs in UK and 80 million in the U.S. may soon be automated
* Service-sector jobs more at risk
* Governments being urged to help employers and employees prepare
The robot revolution is near. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, about 1 in 3 jobs in the UK are at risk of becoming automated within the next 20 years.
The study highlighted four sectors that were most prone to automation: hospitality, retail, transport and manufacturing. While these jobs are typically very customer-focused, a change in automation could take the “personal” out of service.
The private UK-based think tank is urging the government to invest more money to help prepare employers and employees for the oncoming change. The study’s author, Matthew Lawrence, says the drastic shift in automation will “radically transform social and economic life.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise: in January, the World Economic Forum released a statement warning how automation would destroy six million jobs by 2020. And just last year, the White House warned that advancements in artificial intelligence would potentially boost economic productivity at the risk of creating more wealth inequality.
In fact, numerous studies speculate that nearly half of all service-sector jobs in the U.S. will become automated over the next few decades, leaving a big portion of the country potentially jobless.
This means humans and robots could soon be working side by side, and it could happen much sooner than we all think.