40 to 60 per cent of all jobs will be completed by machines in 2030

03/04/201740 to 60 per cent of all jobs will be completed by machines in 2030

By Gerd Leonhard
Futurist and Author of Technology vs Humanity

Through emerging technologies such as cloud computing and "the Internet of Things", in the next five years 75 per cent of "the whole world" will be connected. There are many great things about this, and many challenges as well. There are predictions saying that 80 per cent of the military budget in 10 years will be spent on data cloud, cyber issues. Basically, the war moves to the cloud.

Our world is going to change more in the next 20 years than the previous 300 years. Due to interconnectivity and associated technologies, by 2030, roughly 40 to 60 per cent of all jobs will be completed by machines, including jobs such as mopping airport floors, preparing cappuccinos, and even financial advice. Areas such as finance, real estate, medicine, energy and food are still to be "disrupted" in the way other industries, such as media, telecommunications and transportation have in recent years.

Associated challenges that will continue to emerge will revolve around ethics, establishing limits on how humans approach issues such as artificial intelligence and human genome editing, capabilities and control over the internet’s infrastructure and cyber security.

Watching the media or watching movies about the future, there’s always one thing that comes up - that we’re all going to die because the robots will take over the world. If you look at all of the movies that come out of Hollywood, it’s this fear. However, the future of the world is better than you think but, and this is a big but, we actually have to do something to make it stay positive.

As a futurist, I don’t do predictions, I will not tell you what the future holds so you can buy stocks or not buy stocks or those kinds of things; I basically give you observations. The future is coming so fast that it’s important to have insights and foresights.

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