Hairdressers and bartenders are facing the robo revolution. But how will you fare?


Robot Uprising may not quite be on par with The Matrix just yet, but some professions are becoming increasingly engulfed in automation.

Arbers, bar staff, factory workers and models are among the professions most vulnerable to being lost to the upcoming robo revolution, according to a study.

In contrast, clergy, physicians, scientists and CEOs are the most able to make a living.

In the coming years, it is conceivable that some jobs will disappear completely and be replaced by cheaper, more efficient and more reliable robots.

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a computer algorithm to calculate exactly which jobs are most likely to be swallowed up by computer science and which jobs offer the most resistance.

The Automation Risk Index (ARI) takes into account how many aspects of a job can be done by a robot, ranks their importance, and takes into account how close machines are to doing those things. Then a number between 0 and 1 is generated, and the closer it is to 0, the more robot resistant it is.

“ARI does not correspond to automation probabilities, but provides a measure of the relative degree of automation of a job compared to all other jobs,” the researchers explain in their article published in the journal Scientific Robotics.

Almost 1,000 jobs were analyzed and the system ranked physicists as the least machine-conquered profession with a score of 0.43.

Neurologists, mathematicians, surgeons and epidemiologists all made the top 10, while at the other end of the scale, meatpackers came last with a score of 0.78.

From the list of 967 jobs, models languish at number 927, with the computer system confident androids can do just as good a job on the catwalk as humans.

The arts consistently performed poorly, with singers coming in at number 633 and actors at number 480. Poets bucked this trend at number 239, as did film directors, who peaked at number 257.

Hairdressers were in the bottom 100 at 869, while bar staff fared little better at 722. However, bar staff were rated as more difficult to replace with robots than sewer cleaners, which ranked 763rd. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Hairdressers and bartenders are facing the robo revolution. But how will you fare?

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