Robots About To Take Away 18 Million German Jobs, 59 Percent Of Germany's Work Force?

I have seen many grim predictions regarding robots taking away human jobs, but one of the most dire predictions comes from a study commissioned by ING-Diba.

The study claims that 59 percent of Germany's work force could be replaced by machines and software in the coming decades.

The Local asks Robots About to Take Away 18 Million Jobs? 

 The results of the [ING-Diba] study paint an almost doomsday-esque scenario for Germany.

Almost two thirds of its workforce will be unemployed. Of the 30.9 million people currently in full or part-time employment in Germany, 18 million will be made redundant by improved technology, the report claims.

Although the study looked into the effect that advancing technology will have on the work place in several European countries including Finland and the Netherlands, it was Germany that came out the worst.

This, argues the report, is the price Germany will pay for its strong industrial sector. Factory workers and the administrative army behind global giants such as Volkswagen and BMW will soon become superfluous as advanced algorithms and sophisticated machinery are developed which can do their jobs faster and more efficiently.

 Administrative workers such as secretaries are set to have their positions almost entirely taken over by computer algorithms. Eighty-six percent of them could lose their jobs to advancing technology, the study suggests.

The news is almost as bad for mechanics, machine drivers and mechanical technicians, over two thirds of whom are set to have their jobs taken are from them.

For the educated classes the story is quite different.

Doctors are particularly irreplaceable. In the academic classes, of the almost 4 million currently in employment, less than half a million need fear a certified robot taking over their practice.

The story is similar for business leaders. Of the 1.4 million people who occupy this elite sector, only 160,000 would be threatened with redundancy.

“The takeover has already begun,” Carsten Brzeski, head of economics at ING-Diba, who co-authored the report, told Die Welt.

“There are already some industrial sectors which have been completely taken over by robots.”

In Asia for example, progress on robot technologies is particularly advanced.

Toshiba have already developed human-looking secretarial robots which went to work in April in Tokyo, welcoming customers at an information desk at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store.

Machine becomes master

It is not all bad news, though. The take over of machines will create new jobs, the report authors claim, as humans will be needed to maintain the machines and to make sure that they work in an optimal environment.

“Technological progression will create room for the development of new tasks and activities for humans,” Inga Burk, co-author of the report, told Die Welt.
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Toy Pupanbai 5 years ago Member's comment

Nothing new, it's an old problem causing much misery for many and great wealth for the few.

For example, Jethro Tull, started to drive the mass of farm workers off the land and, of course, the hand loom weavers? The Carnegie's went to America. Where do such people go today?

Norman Winn 5 years ago Member's comment

If you had shown a navvy a JCB he'd have said that every hole to be dug would be dug in a year.

FakeOne Dust 5 years ago Member's comment

Now you all know why they are always brainwashing you to take vaccines. They need to depopulate the planet. Because when the robots take over, millions will be unemployed. And then riots will break out. But if the numbers of humans are low. Then everyone is easier to control.

Brian Dickey 5 years ago Member's comment

So, take the 18 million people, pay them to ride a stationary bicycle for 8 hours a day and power the entire country Matrix style! Take care of the environment AND the obesity rates all at once homies!

Adolf Shikongo 5 years ago Member's comment

Hasn't it been mankind's quest eversince industrialisation to reduce our labour hours and increase leasure time and thus increase our quality of life? Shouldn't robotisation not help achieve that quest? Or is it being used by capitalism to maximise profits at the expense of unemployed masses?