More jobs predicted for machines, not people

October 24, 2011 | Source: New York Times

The pace of automation, which has increased as more and more work once done by humans is replaced by machines, is the central theme of Race Against the Machine, an e-book to be published on Monday.

A combination of technologies including robotics, numerically controlled machines, computerized inventory control, voice recognition and online commerce¬† is rapidly moving automation beyond factories to jobs in call centers, marketing and sales — parts of the services sector, which provides most jobs in the economy, the authors say.

Yet computers tend to be narrow and literal-minded, good at assigned tasks but at a loss when a solution requires intuition and creativity — human traits. A partnership, they assert, is the path to job creation in the future.

h/t: Peter Christiansen