Many people fear that robot automation ( to automate = to make a process or system be operated by machines) and AI (artificial intelligence) will replace human workers and traditional ways of working. This is mostly because robots and AI technology can work faster, longer and more cheaply that humans can.
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Humans technological developments have made our lives easier and more productive but also resulted in ...
greater costs of man-made products
a reduction in work opportunities for workers in some fields
an over-supply of tools
During the industrial revolution many craft workers ...
lost their jobs
were no included in the revolution
were not supportive of the changes
In the past few years, a number of everyday jobs ...
have become more automated
have become less well paid
Due to globalisation, many businesses are
using foreign workers to reduce production costs
investing in overseas markets
using automated robots
Now, highly qualified jobs are also under threat
because of a massive growth in computer technology
mainly in the pharmaceutical industry
as more people are using mobile technology
In thirty years, computers will be
much more powerful than they are now
able to beat humans at chess
able to do a number of humanlike tasks
Machines are changing jobs in restaurants because
they can create new recipes
the can work without needing to stop
they can do multiple tasks
An Oxford University study states that worldwide, technology will replace
just over half of all jobs
over 700 million jobs
nearly half of all jobs
In the legal profession, jobs in America are threatened due to
contracts being agreed with foreign lawyers
the creation of new technological jobs
foreign lawyers being able to do work cheaper than American lawyers