Apple has confirmed it is working an autonomous car. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England has suggested that robots could take up to 15 million jobs. There is only one thing for it, says the boss a software services company, re-training, and on a massive scale.
Up near the Windy City, also called Chicago, an economics professor by the name of Robert Gordon, from North Western University, argues that technological progress has peaked.
A technology created wind does indeed blow over economies across the world, but its cause is the very opposite of what Professor Gordon argues.
Technological progress is no closer to peaking than base camp is close to the peak of Mount Everest. But, just as happened during the Victorian industrial revolution, it is also set to disrupt the labour market.
At a speech he gave at Liverpool John Moores University, Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, warned that up to 15 million UK jobs could be lost to technology.
Meanwhile, Apple has made its first public admission that it is looking at autonomous cars. In a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Steve Kenner, director of product integrity, at Apple stated: “Apple looks forward to collaborating with NHTSA and other stakeholders so that the significant societal benefits of automated vehicles can be realized safely, responsibly, and expeditiously.”
But Dik Vos, the CEO of SQS – which says it specialises in software quality – has warned that autonomous vehicles will change the world’s roads in 2017 and many drivers will lose their jobs.
He said that Autonomous vehicles will not only affect consumers “but also every stage of the automotive manufacturing process from design through to the supply chain.”
Trials of autonomous lorries are already in place in other European countries, including Germany. The lorries are electronically linked together, with a lead vehicle, which is manned by a human setting the pace and direction.
Mr Vos said: “I predict these connected lorries will change the logistics sector drastically by making the roads safer and removing the need for many drivers.”
He continued: “Machines will steal more human jobs than ever with 30% of the working population needing to be retrained.
“We will continue to see a rise in digital technology over the coming years, and 2017 will be the year we see the likes of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated vehicles take the place of low-skilled workers.
“With machines pushing humans out of a number of jobs including, logistics drivers and factory workers, I predict we will see an increased emphasis placed on the retraining of up to 30% of our working population. People want and need to work and 2017 will see those workers who have lost their jobs through digitalisation, start to filter across a variety of other sectors including manufacturing and labour.”