Computerized machines, powered by cheap processing power and sophisticated software, are increasingly doing jobs that were once thought only possible to do by humans. From burger making machines to autonomous aerial vehicles to surgical robots to robotic telemarketers, it seems no profession is beyond the reach of a new crop of hyper intelligent machines.
So will they take your job?
New research from Oxford University researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne looked to measure jobs currently being done by humans to estimate the likelihood they would be replaced by a computerized machine.
Their "definitive" guide evaluated jobs based on the following criteria:
Based on the degree to which each job is associated with these criteria, researchers applied mathematical formulas to determine just how probably it is your job will become automated.
So which job is safest? Mental health and substance abuse social workers.
This job had just a 0.3 percent chance of being automated because it requires lots of cleverness, negotiation, and helping of others.
The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers, which comes as no surprise given automated telemarketers are dialing as you read this.
While the researchers admit its all just estimates their reasoning is solid and their results align well to what is being observed in the world today, where jobs once thought impossible to automate are now the domain of robots.
To see the full list of jobs and probabilities head here