Robots are coming for your jobs.
And they’re coming for a lot of jobs.
The robots are coming.
And the people that make those robots, they’re going to be the most disruptive force in our economy, the researchers say.
And we should prepare ourselves for that.
“We are in the midst of the most rapid and unprecedented transition in history,” says David S. Friedman, director of the Center for the Study of Workforce Trends at Georgetown University.
“There are now more robots than humans in the United States, but we have not prepared ourselves to handle the automation.”
The researchers say that the rapid pace of change has led many people to underestimate the risks of losing their jobs.
We should take steps to ensure that those risks don’t get us down this road, says Friedman.
In the meantime, he urges us to take stock of the changes we’re experiencing and what it will take to keep our jobs.
“If we don’t prepare ourselves, we’re going down a road of stagnation and uncertainty,” he says.
“We need to plan ahead, to recognize the consequences of our actions and to make sure we’re not going to repeat them.”
For more on the future of work, check out our series, “The Future of Work,” on The Atlantic, on NPR News, and on our website.