There have been a lot of reports and studies out recently showing how advances in robotics and artificial intelligence could kill jobs in the U.S. economy. Forrester Research says automation will cause a net loss of 9.1 million jobs by 2025. McKinsey says 45% of paid activities could be lost to “currently demonstrated technologies.” And an Oxford University study showed that 47% of jobs are at “high risk” of computerization over the next two decades.
This is what the automation industry thinks of these claims and the media coverage of them: Robots don’t kill jobs, they create them, it says. Robots allow companies to maintain employment. Without them, more jobs would be sent overseas, and more people would be sat at home doing nothing.