I am preparing a blog on some interesting speculation and study on the effect that robots and computers will have on employment. A study by Frey and Osborne titled “The future of employment : How susceptible are jobs to computerization” evaluates some 700+ job categories as to the likelihood they will be replaced by computers and or robots. The autors have a table that ranks occupations according to their probability of being eliminate by computerization. For example, in the no. 4 spot as one of the least likely to be computerized is Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers with a probability of 0.0031. Chemical Engineers are ranked 77 with a probability of 0.017. Jobs that are most certain to be replaced by computerization are those at the end of the Author’s ranking. For example, Tax Preparers are ranked 695 with a probability of 0.99 which is as close to certain as one can get.
What caught my eye were Barbers, ranked 439 with a probability of 0.8 that are considered a near certainty. So I thought I would look into this a little further because my local barber is a friends. I found the following research underway that most certainly will be worked out and replace him.