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Robots will take your desk job too

Robots will take your desk job too
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Have you ever wondered what we people will be doing in the distant future when artificially intelligent robots take over all our jobs? Lounging on a beach with an umbrella-filled beverage can keep humans entertained for only so long.

As it turns out, that far-off future is upon us, and there's a good chance your job is at risk. That includes white collar employees, who head out in the morning for a desk job. Whether you're a customer service agent, a secretary, a journalist, or a doctor, lawyer or architect, you might be squeezed out soon by an artificially intelligent metallic shell.

That's according to father-son authors, and Oxford University professors, Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind. In their new book, "Future of the Professions: How Technology will Transform the Work of Human Experts," they say robots will replace laborers and factory workers, as they have almost every other profession, too.

Their gloomy assessment of the workforce is that, with the advances we're already seeing with AI, it's hard to conclude anything other than this: People won't have much to do when robots start squeezing us out of our offices.

In fact, the Susskinds believe only extremely intelligent people will hold onto their jobs. The problem is, there aren't many of those super-bright people around. Plus, if it's just them and robots in an office, the not-distant-future work world doesn't sound like a fun place, at all.

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