Concern mounting that robots will steal white-collar jobs in the US

The robots are coming for your jobs!

| May 19, 2015 at 9:40 am CDT

Robots aren't just going to one day take over manufacturing jobs, but could also replace lawyers, grocery store clerks, teachers, and other positions in the service sector, according to an author with a background in robots and automation.

Concern mounting that robots will steal white-collar jobs in the US |

There are a number of different focuses for robotics, with companies expanding outside of just manufacturing - with the new generation of robots able to work in fast food restaurants, hotels, retail stores, farms, and other common workplace tasks.

"As we look forward from this point, we need to keep in mind that this technology is going to continue to accelerate," said Martin Ford, Silicon Valley executive and author, in a statement to NPR. "So I think there's every reason to believe it's going to become the primary driver of inequality in the future, and things are likely to get even more extreme than they are now."

It could still take a while before more robots are seen in your office, but it's something that experts say shouldn't be counted out over the next 50 years. As designers are able to assign robots more complex tasks, the jobs facing most risk will remain formulaic positions that depend on predictable routines.

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