Saturday, 27 February 2016

Exeter emerges as the UK city expected to lose the most jobs to automation and the rise of new technologies

Why 'technology'?

It is revolutionary: 
Futures Forum: Creating/destroying jobs >>> Creative Destruction and Artificial Intelligence

It is progressive:
Futures Forum: Technology and economic progress

It is productive:
Futures Forum: Artificial Intelligence: 'complements labor and increase its productivity'

It is about economic growth:
Futures Forum: Using technology to transform enterprise

It is about innovation:
Futures Forum: The promises of technological innovation >>> The World in 2016

It is the future:
Futures Forum: Futurists >>> and the promises of science and technology >>> Part one: "Emerging from wishful thinking"
Futures Forum: Futurists >>> and the promises of science and technology >>> Part two: "Approaching exponential innovation"
Futures Forum: Futurists >>> and the promises of science and technology >>> Part three: "Our naive innovation fetish"

And yet much of this hi-tech innovation never actually happened:
Futures Forum: Techno-promises unfulfilled >>> Where did the future go?
Futures Forum: "Where are the flying cars?" or, "What happened to derail so many credible ideas and prospects?"

Besides, the hi-tech 'innovators' might be a little unconvincing after all:
Futures Forum: The promises of technological innovation >>> "The rise of the techno-libertarians: the five most socially-destructive aspects of Silicon Valley"
Futures Forum: The promises of technological innovation >>> "So, if networked communication and cybernetic technologies are so potentially liberating, why are they so authoritarian in the forms they currently take?"

Moreover, the hi-tech revolution has implications for how we work:
Futures Forum: The promises of technological innovation >>> "The Fourth Industrial Revolution" and the future of work

And not all of them are good:
Futures Forum: Technological unemployment and the Luddite fallacy

The future has now landed in Exeter:
All those new jobs for “Greater Exeter” – we might need to think again! | East Devon Watch

Here is the piece from the Express & Echo in full:

Exeter tops list of jobs that will be lost to robots

By Exeter Express and Echo | Posted: February 27, 2016


Exeter has come top on the list of cities with the most jobs that will be lost to robots.

Roughly one-in-11 vacancies across the UK currently being advertised are likely to be obsolete by 2035, according to new calculations from jobs website Adzuna.

Of the 56 major UK cities studied Exeter has the highest proportion of job at risk, with 9% likely to eventually be replaced by robots.

The sorts of jobs at risk include billboard installer, tree trimmer and fence builder.

A public debate is to be held in Plymouth on whether people will lose their jobs to robots as it emerges Devon is one of the most likely to be effected by the rise of new technology.

The debate – which was due to take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016, but has now been postponed until a later date – follows the publication of a report which said more than 10 per cent of jobs could be lost to robotisation.

The report showed that of 56 major UK towns and cities studied, Exeter was revealed to have the highest proportion of advertised vacancies at risk of automation, with almost nine per cent of all ads for jobs in the city being for roles Oxford University researchers think very likely to be replaced by robots within 20 years.

Doug Monro, Adzuna's co-founder, said:"The risk of a robot invasion on the Devon coast might sound fanciful, but there's a serious message for younger workers, whether they're looking for their first job, or are comfortably in a career: if you want to remain relevant in the workplace, you need to develop skills that cannot be easily automated."

The report adds that more than 100,000 currently advertised jobs are likely to be obsolete by 2035, with 13,000 in London alone – equivalent to one in 11 vacancies being lost within 20 years.

Crawley, Norwich and Aberdeen followed Exeter as places with the most vacancies at risk of computerisation.

Plymouth was fourth with 7.7 per cent of current vacancies being at future risk.

Exeter tops list of jobs that will be lost to robots | Exeter Express and Echo

This story has been taken up across the media:
Adzuna - Automation Will Change Jobs More Than Kill Them
These towns will suffer most as robots make 100,000 jobs obsolete by 2035 | This is Money
One in 11 job vacancies at risk from robots | The Money Pages
Tenth of advertised jobs to be 'lost to automation'
One in 10 jobs could be lost to robots by 2035, report warns - Mirror Online

See also:
Futures Forum: Live more: work less... earn less... spend less... emit and degrade less
Futures Forum: In Praise of Idleness: working less could actually be better for everyone.

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