As automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role in everyday life, their potential effect on the workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a major focus of research and public concern.

The discussion tends toward a Manichean guessing game:

which jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines? I

In fact, as McKinsey research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced.

While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail.

Automation, now going beyond routine manufacturing activities, has the potential, as least with regard to its technical feasibility, to transform sectors such as healthcare and finance, which involve a substantial share of knowledge work

My point of view: for everyone – profit or non-profit – a fundamental understanding of how digital impacts your work, career and life is a hard prerequisite to thrive in the next decades. But that does not imply you should in coding and that kind of stuff.

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