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Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots

By zzyzzx   Feb 9, 8:17am   1,287 views   22 comments   watch (1)   quote
Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots, New Study Finds

A study by a British think tank, Reform, says that 90% of British civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by robots, saving the government around $8 billion per year.

The study, published this week, says that robots are “more efficient” at collecting data, processing paperwork, and doing the routine tasks that now fall to low-level government employees. Even nurses and doctors, who are government employees in the UK, could be relieved of some duties by mechanical assistants.

The problem, Reform says, is that public sector employee unions have bloated the civil service ranks, forcing government agencies to keep on older employees, and mandating hiring quotas for new ones. The organizational chart looks like a circuit board—and there’s no incentive to streamline anything.

Unfortunately for civil service workers, it seems the study is just the latest in a series of research that won’t save their jobs. Oxford University and financial services provider Deloitte, both of whom comissioned their own studies concur with Reform‘s conclusions. The Oxford University study said that more than 850,000 public sector jobs could fall to robots over the course of the next decade.

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1   zzyzzx   Feb 9, 8:40am     ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Marcus should be worried.

2   NuttBoxer   Feb 9, 9:05am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Why are we talking about replacement? Just eliminate them, and save the robots for something useful.

3   HEY YOU   Feb 9, 9:07am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Most in tech will be replaced by AI Robots?
"We thank you for your service but we will no longer need you."

4   indigenous   Feb 9, 9:24am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Why not just replace them with a vegetable or something else that is low cost?

What moniker does Tat go under now?

5   georgeliberte   Feb 9, 9:31am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

And all management, government or corporate, could be replaced with robots. Better, yet simply use killer robots to eliminate government and corporate management.

6   Dan8267   Feb 9, 7:00pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

zzyzzx says

Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots

...including Congress.

7   Ceffer   Feb 9, 7:04pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Actually, most government employees could be replaced by passive mannequins with a dial-a-curse, rude tape loop. A robot who did anything would be doing more than the average government employee.

8   MMR   Feb 9, 7:06pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

zzyzzx says

Marcus should be worried.

He supports globalization for everyone else except teachers. Will be long time before robots can be trained to teach math well.

By the time that happens, humans probably have to be concerned about robots being sentient

9   Entitlemented   Feb 9, 11:08pm     ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Most regulations could be consolidated, and most government workers could be replaced by hamsters.

10   BlueSardine   Feb 10, 3:47am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Robots are nothing but a philosophical anthropological sub-conscience effort at achieving immortality...

11   indigenous   Feb 10, 7:07am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Entitlemented says

most government workers could be replaced by hamsters.

I was thinking potatoes.

12   casandra   Feb 10, 8:11am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

then they will need to program the robots to act like the workers I have seen in guvment jobs.

For instance when a new human female is hired and she talks to a long term robot guy, well call him Jerome, about how to due her job; soon after a robot worker traps her in the elevator; correctly programmed it says to the new human female worker "why you sleeping with my husband" she responds Jerome? "why you sleeping with him"

When you confront the robot Jerome about this he response should be "i don't even know that bitch someone programmed that dam robot wack!"

When you take your complaint to your manager robot boss the proper programmed response from your boss is (and most always is in guvment jobs) "Do what you gotta do"

Happens everyday; mostly in County Guvment Jobs! If you think I am joking then obviously you have never worked for the County of Los Angeles!

13   BayAreaObserver   Jul 17, 7:00am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Tech may replace half all low-skilled jobs in the U.S.

Ball State University sits in Muncie, Indiana, at the heart the "Rust Belt," so educators there have the right to be pessimistic about the drift of the U.S. economy. But a report by the school's Center for Business and Economic Research goes even further.

"We found a toxic brew," said CBER Director Michael Hicks. "Automation is likely to replace half of all low-skilled jobs, and roughly one in four of all American jobs are at risk from foreign competition in coming years."

This is happening right on Hicks's doorstep. While the nation's most vulnerable area is the Aleutian Islands, some of the hardest hit places are likely to be Midwestern counties only 15 minutes from his office.

These areas face a downward spiral fed by shrinking job opportunities and the severe damage that can have on entire communities. As people lose their ability to make a living, they lose their resilience to bounce back, get retrained and transition to other careers. There are fewer new jobs in the entire region, so the surrounding communities also grow poorer. Many residents find it necessary to move, which not only disrupts their families, but their children's education as well, undermining their chances of advancement.

The relative decline in joblessness since the recession hasn't changed the basic equation.

Some of the jobs most vulnerable to being exported to other countries might surprise you. According to the study, these include so-called STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, jobs, such as computer programming, data entry, electrical and electronic drafting, and computer and information research. Among the occupations most likely to be disrupted by automation in the years ahead are some people in the mathematical sciences, such as math technicians, who typically work on engineering projects or are involved in scientific research. Technology also threatens to make insurance underwriters obsolete.

Work that's harder to hand over to a machine or outsource includes professions where you have to reach out and touch someone, according to the study. That includes jobs such as recreational therapists, front-line supervisors, mental health and substance abuse workers, audiologists, social workers, and occupational therapists.


Remember this when Potus is waltzing around the country this week to deflect attention away from other problems and is promoting Made In America again. Let's not forget Rexnord, Carrier etc. - Pence and Trump sure have.

14   FortWayne   Jul 17, 7:01am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

DMV is prime candidate.

15   BayAreaObserver   Jul 17, 7:17am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

BMV here is ridiculously efficient as opposed to California even with all the financial scandals that occurred prior to me moving here.

I have yet to wait longer than 10 minutes for anything and for registration renewal they have a 24 x 7 ATM like machine at most locations. Even more shocking is everyone on the staff is polite, courteous and will go out of there way to help you.

Every time I hear someone complain about "the wait" or other things like traffic etc. in this area - I try to gently remind them they have absolutely no idea how lucky they are and how well the systems here work.

16   indigenous   Jul 17, 9:18am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Robots will create more jobs than they take, to think otherwise is superstition.

17   zzyzzx   Jul 17, 9:54am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

FortWayne says

DMV is prime candidate.

Here in Maryland you can even do an emissions test on your car by yourself now via the OBDII port. It's quick and easy, and there was no line when I went to do it (somebody else's car). Just need a 2011 or newer car.

18   joeyjojojunior   Jul 17, 10:11am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Just take the word government out of the title and you'd be correct.

We, as a civilization, really need to think about how the economy is going to function when labor is worthless.

19   indigenous   Jul 17, 10:14am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    


20   rpanic01   Jul 17, 10:28am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

A lot of government workers could be replaced with nothing.

21   Heraclitusstudent   Jul 17, 10:33am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

MMR says

By the time that happens, humans probably have to be concerned about robots being sentient

Teaching mathematics to apes will no longer be required.

22   tovarichpeter   Jul 17, 10:35am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ninety percent of all workers, public, private and self employed can and will be replaced by robots

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