Iain M Banks' Culture series of sci-fi novels imagined a civilisation almost entirely devoted to leisure. Almost all jobs were performed by super-intelligent AI ‘minds' and their robotic drones, and humans were left to fill their time in the pursuit of fun.
And rapid developments recently in AI mean that we can see this starting to happen today as some jobs start to be automated, or are severely at risk. Sadly, we don't live in a sci-fi novel, and we still need to earn money. So rather than the gateway to a life of leisure, your job going to an algorithm is more likely to lead to a lot of stress and job hunting.
So to give you a head start, here are the top five technology jobs most at risk of being automated out of existence.
5. IT project/programme managers
Really? A job that's entirely based around communication, negotiation, whip cracking and ego massaging? Going to a computer?
Hard as it may seem to credit, what's coming for some blue collar jobs is also coming for traditional white collar work, including IT project and programme managers.
Project management is all about managing information, and APIs make it relatively simple for computers to route information to where it's needed, and track results and progress of all elements of a project.
A service like Uber shows how easy it is for an app to co-ordinate people, facilitate their communication, and manage a financial transaction. Extrapolate that to the workplace, and you can see how most PM functions will go to an API suite in the not too distant future.
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