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The robots are coming for half your jobs!

According to recent research, about half of all jobs in the US are vulnerable to computerization.

What does that mean?

Well, take a look at your computer. See it? Right, imagine that it has a kid – a super smart, maybe even mobile kid, which is going to be a mix of computer and robot – a robuter or combot, if you like…although the latter somehow sounds a bit dirty… Over the coming 20 years or so, that kid and its classmates might do up to 45 per cent of the jobs that you and your fellow meat bags do at the moment.

According to the research, the takeover is going to happen in two stages. First, the robot/computers are going to claim transportation/logistics, production labour, and administrative support as their domains. Of course, administrative support is already theirs, and both productions labour and certain parts of transportation are already dominated by computers. Just think of autopilots.

Some positions in services, sales, and construction might also end up going to robots in this first stage.

The ‘second wave’, as it were, could mean computers taking over jobs in management, science and engineering – as well as the arts.

The latter might lead to a massive resurgence for cubist art…and to ballets with ballerinas that can do 750 pirouettes a minute. So count me in.

Your future car can tell your ass from your elbows

In the future, your ass might help protect your car from being stolen.

Yep, that’s right. Your ass.

Engineers at Japan’s Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology have come up with a system that can recognize a person when they sit down in a car seat. So far the system has a 98 per cent success rate.

The team behind the novel idea aren’t kidding around. They want to commercialize their prototype as an anti-theft product and have it rea(r)dy in two to three years if car companies agree to collaborate.

Of course, this might make for the best motivation ever for people who don’t want to put on weight. Because if they do, their car might simply refuse to start.

But imagine the commercials:

The new, improved Toyota Hiace. It really can tell your ass from your elbows….