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Men more at risk during the robotic revolution

by on29 January 2019

Robots will not dare take on women

A new study from the Brookings Institution has found that automation will impact men at a higher rate than women.

Young people, especially those in rural areas or who are underrepresented minorities, have a greater likelihood of having their jobs replaced by automation. Older, more educated white people living in big cities are more likely to maintain their coveted positions, either because their jobs are irreplaceable or because they're needed in new jobs alongside our robot overlords.

The Brookings study warns that automation will exacerbate existing social inequalities along certain geographic and demographic lines because it will likely eliminate much lower- and middle-skill jobs considered stepping stones to more advanced careers.

These jobs losses will be in concentrated in rural areas, particularly the swath of America between the coasts.

Basically, it means that there will evolve an elite rich caste of upper management.

However, women should do well out of it. Roles traditionally held by men have a higher "average automation potential" than those held by women, meaning that a greater share of those tasks could be automated with current technology, according to Brookings.

Occupations men are more likely to hold tend to be more manual and more easily replaced by machines and artificial intelligence.


Last modified on 29 January 2019
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