All human jobs will be replaced by robots in the future, but plumbers, electricians and nurses will stay in employment the longest, according to an artificial intelligence expert.
U.S author Martin Ford, who has written a bestselling book on robots, warned that soon, humans wont be able to compete with machines in any vocation.
This follows an assurance from Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, that the rise of robots can be a good thing for Britain because they will do the ‘boring and routine’ jobs.
They are coming: A U.S. AI expert has warned that all human jobs will be replaced by robots in the future, but that plumbers, electricians and nurses will stay in employment the longest
But Mr Ford, whose most recent book is called Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, warns that humans cannot become to complacent about the oncoming AI revolution.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Ford warned that most jobs are going to be carried out by robots in a near future.
‘One area that is safe for people is the kind of job that requires lots of dexterity, hand-eye coordination and flexibility.
‘Think about skilled trade jobs like a plumber or electrician.’
He also said nursing, which requires empathy and caring, and creative jobs would be safe from being taken over by robots – at least for the time being.
Tom Watson, pictured at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton in September, has said that the rise of robots can be a good thing for Britain because they will do the ‘boring’ jobs
His warning comes just days after the Labour deputy leader said: ‘Much has been written about the impact of technological change and the dystopian future we could all face as a result of the rise of the robots.
‘It can sometimes feel like we are preparing for a world in which artificial intelligence, algorithms and automation, rather than human endeavour and hard work, will shape every aspect of our society and our economy.
‘That sounds like a frightening prospect. But it needn’t be.’
He said that by allowing ’21st-century machines’ to undertake boring and routine tasks in the workplace humans will be freed to do other jobs with bigger economic benefits.
He made the comments at the launch of the final report of the Future of Work Commission, which found that people should not fear the ‘march of the robots’.