The robot revolution and eventual destruction of mankind won’t fully kick into gear until the AI becomes self-aware, but that doesn’t mean that some of the robots aren’t already wreaking havoc on their masters. The rate that automation and the elimination of jobs for flesh-and-blood workers in favor of machines has been ramping up for the past decade. But who are the biggest losers in this mechanical arms race and where do they tend to be located.?
According to a new report published by the Century Foundation, the overall loss of jobs to automation and robotics hasn’t been that significant across the country as a whole. But in certain industries and specific locations, it’s been much greater than others. (Government Executive)
“There have been clear losers with increased automation—namely, younger, less-educated manufacturing workers in the Midwest and younger, minority workers in these industries in particular,” says coauthor William Rodgers, a professor of public policy at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
“These industries not only have the highest number of robots in use, but are also experiencing the fastest growth in robot adoption.”