The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies – Recode

Nearly 40% of jobs in the U.S. may be vulnerable to replacement by robots in the next fifteen years, according to a new study by the research firm PwC.

Other major advanced economies have fewer jobs at risk. The study estimates that 30% of jobs in the United Kingdom could be threatened by technical advancements in automation from AI and robotics, compared to 35% in Germany and 21% in Japan.

The U.S. has a higher percentage of jobs under threat by automation because more workers in the U.S. are employed in positions that require routinized tasks, like filling out paperwork.

Jobs most at risk of being done by new technologies are in industries related to transportation, manufacturing and retail.

To arrive at these estimates, PwC broke down the types of tasks of various jobs in different industries.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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