Millions of jobs are likely to be automated in the next 20 years, as robots capable of doing everyday tasks are developed. Which sounds awesome until you realize those robots may be coming for your job. Yes, your job. And mine for that matter.
This puts a whole different spin on things, we’re sure you’ll agree. The question is, how likely is it that you’ll be affected? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Google+ Still Has Fans
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “When Was the Last Time You Checked Google Plus?”
Out of a total of 2,856 votes, 84.8% chose Today… I Love Google+, 4.2% chose I Can’t Remember… It’s Been Too Long, 3.2% chose This Week… It’s a Great Site, 3% chose This Year… Probably, 2.6% chose This Month… It’s OK, I Suppose, 1.6% chose Never… I Hate Google+, and 0.7% chose What Is Google+?!
This is obviously a rather epic win for Google+, with the vast majority of people who voted in our poll suggesting they’re daily users of the social networking site. The numbers were high too, with more people voting in this poll than any published over the last few months.
This obviously isn’t an accurate reflection of the regular MakeUseOf readership, but it does show that fans of Google+ are passionate enough to defend the site when they feel it’s being attacked. Which, while not the result we expected, is still rather revealing.
Comment of the Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Vash Crowley, Karen Schumacher, and Daniel C. Comment Of The Week goes to William Wells, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I wouldn’t go on Facebook if they paid me. But I’d pay dearly for Google+. It’s become essential to my life. I not only have a wide array of people that I communicate with, I have a wide group of friends who aren’t just people I know down the street, but people I would seek out as friends from anywhere on the planet. I know poets and artists and scientists and astronauts. I know photographers, writers, historians, and people engaged in every interesting endeavor known to man. It’s like a virtual who’s who of fascinating people who want to interact with you. I’ve never been so inspired. Everyone I’ve met on G+ has broadened my experience and brightened my life. It’s wonderful.
We chose this comment because it sums up the general feeling expressed in the comments section. Those people who like Google+ really like Google+. And, judging by the statements being made, they have good reasons to like Google+, and choose it over the likes of Facebook and Twitter.
Your Clothes, Your Boots, and Your Job
This week’s poll is a rather unusual one, because you have to do something before you can answer. We want to know how likely it is that your job will be done by a robot in 20 years time. And the best way of finding out is to use this tool from NPR, based on research by the Oxford Martin School [PDF link].
Use the tool to determine how likely it is that your job will be automated at some point in the near future, and then vote accordingly in the poll below. This is a rather important question, as the implications for the current workforce are extreme and everlasting.
We simply want to know, “Is a Robot Likely to Steal Your Job?”
Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Are you likely to lose your job to a robot? If so, how does that make you feel? Is your job comparatively safe, at least against automation? If so, how does that make you feel?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.