Rise of the machines

Robots could be more likely to take men’s jobs than women’s

A Toshiba engineer watches a small robot developed by Toshiba Corporation. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

The “Robots Will Take Our Jobs” panic comes in waves, and we’re at a high-panic moment right now; last week, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other tech leaders released an open letter advising we (humans) take action to prevent the robots from seizing control. While we’ll all be doomed if the robots take over, women may be less vulnerable to losing their jobs to machines. In a recent study, researchers at Oxford University analyzed the chances that 700 different jobs could be performed by robots. They argued that jobs involving physical labor (like construction and carpentry) are more likely to be automated — and it’s also more likely that they’re currently being performed by men. Meanwhile, female-dominated jobs relying on communication skills or emotional labor (secretaries, nurses) could less easily be performed by robots.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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