In the midst of the deception, lies, and corruption, that has infected the United States, it is easy to overlook, or not even notice other trends that in their own way are as powerful. Climate change is one, of course, but there are others, and in my estimation one of the most pressing is the robotization of the American workforce.
More jobs are being created now, but the best research I can find suggests to me that this is a short-lived phenomenon. The long term trend is much less promising for those voters. Here’s one take on what is coming.
More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a report released Friday. (emphasis added)
The analysis, by accounting and consulting firm PwC, emphasized that its estimates are based on the anticipated capabilities of robotics and artificial intelligence, and that the pace and direction of technological progress are “uncertain.”
It said that in the U.S., 38% of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30% in Britain, 35% in Germany and 21% in Japan.
The main reason is not that the U.S. has more jobs in sectors that are universally ripe for automation, the report says; rather, it’s that more U.S. jobs in certain sectors are potentially vulnerable than, say, British jobs in the same sectors.
For example, the report says the financial and …