Here comes the robot, there goes the job? Not quite

How many jobs are vulnerable to automation? Plenty of people ask that question and plenty of people try to give numerical answers.

A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said that about 46 per cent of jobs have a better-than-even chance of being automated. A 2016 study by Citigroup and the University of Oxford reported that 57 per cent of jobs were at high risk of automation, although a 2013 paper by two of the same researchers predicted 47 per cent. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report comes up with lower numbers, though it varies by country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2018, with the headline 'Here comes the robot, there goes the job? Not quite'. Print Edition | Subscribe