“Globalisation is expanding the supply of labour, while automation and artificial intelligence simultaneously disrupt the demand for it,” said Amber Rudd, the UK’s Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, speaking at the Recruitment and Employment Federation back in May.
It’s the sort of vanilla speech we’ve come to expect from politicians when contemplating the impact of new technology on the future of employment. It’s regurgitation. Ever since Oxford academics Carl Frey and Michael Osborne’s landmark probability study in 2013, which warned that about 47 percent of US jobs were at high risk of being automated, the ‘robots killing jobs’ line has been something of a refrain.
While it does have some grounding, it has undoubtedly been blown up into mythical status. It’s the go-to theme for any future of employment debate and politicians love a popular theme. So, what should we be aware of when it comes to the terminology? Here are some possible myths to consider.