The jobs we’ll lose to machines

Given the right data, machines can outperform humans at a range of white-collar tasks. Robert Banks Australian technology entrepreneur Anthony Goldbloom has a warning for accountants, lawyers and radiologists: your jobs will be taken over by machines. In a TED talk launched online last week and quickly viewed by 350,000 people, the founder of San Francisco-based data scientist platform Kaggle suggests a simple test if you’ve ever wondered if your job is vulnerable to digital disruption. “To what extent is that job reducible to frequent high-volume tasks and to what extent does it involve tackling novel situations?” Mr Goldbloom asked in his address, titled The jobs we’ll lose to machines — and the ones we won’t. There is both good and bad news for white collar professions, he told The…

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