How to Know if You'll Get Replaced by a Robot
Good news, mental_floss readers! There’s only a 3.8 percent chance that our website and magazine writers will soon be replaced by robots. Using data from the 2013 study "The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation" [PDF], NPR’s Quoctrung Bui and Christopher Groskopf, along with artist Naftali Beder, created an interactive graphic to illustrate the probability of different jobs becoming robot operated within the next 20 years.
The results—which the researchers themselves admit to be rough estimates—show that 47 of the 702 occupations examined are at risk for automation. The top five most at risk are Telemarketers, Title Examiners/Abstractors and Searchers, Hand Sewers, Mathematical Technicians, and Insurance Underwriters.
But if you’re in the medical field or are a first-line supervisor of mechanics, installers, and repairers, you probably have absolutely nothing to worry about.
They also compared jobs based on whether "you need to come up with clever solutions," you are required "to squeeze into small spaces," it involves negotiating, and it requires you to "personally help others."
To see if you should be concerned about a robot stealing your cubicle and swivel chair, check out Planet Money’s charming infographics.