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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2015

Rise of the robots

LOS ANGELES — At least eight career fields are “ripe for disruption” in the next 10 or 20 years as robots and other forms of futuristic technology take over, according to a presentation by Amy Webb, founder of Webbmedia Group, in CNN coverage. The eight careers? Toll booth operators and cashiers, thanks to the rise of wearable technology and mobile payment systems; marketers, as tools allow brands to deliver messages to customers with precision accuracy; customer service, with new technologies such as predictive analytics; factory workers, in stealing more manufacturing jobs at a cheaper price; financial middle-men, with the underlying technology behind Bitcoin; journalists, as algorithms allow news outlets to automatically create stories; lawyers, with non-litigation ones being replaced by online form-based services; and phone workers, as many millennials don’t have landline phones. “There are a bunch of jobs that don’t really need to exist,” Webb said. “I don’t see our technological future as a dystopian one, I just see it as different.”