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Ministers to consider risk of robots taking over UK jobs

The UK government is to investigate the impact that rapidly-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robot technology will have on British jobs, according to Sky News. 
Former cabinet office adviser, Daniel Susskind, has warned that white collar jobs will be under threat, with computers replacing doctors and lawyers – at least to some degree. In a forthcoming publication, The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts, he and co-author, legal expert Richard Susskind, are calling for the creation of a national task force to investigate the moral constraints needed, as the roles of doctors and lawyers fall increasingly to intelligent machines.
He said: "These increasingly capable machines and systems offer us a way to provide far more affordable access to expertise. We are going to see more change in the next two decades than we have in the last two centuries in the professions.
"But there are tasks we might not want these systems and machines to perform. Medicine is a particularly acute example – we wouldn't necessarily want a machine to decide whether to switch off a life support machine."
A report by Deloitte last year predicted that 35 per cent of UK jobs are at risk over the next two decades. Workers earning £30k a year or less will be five times more likely to lose their jobs than those earning £100k. 
The BBC, on Monday, began to broadcast a week of programmes focussed on AI and automation, beginning with a Panorama special asking whether robots are a threat to jobs. 

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts is published on 22 October 2015
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