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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? When Was the Last Time You Checked Google Plus? [MakeUseOf Poll] When Was the Last Time You Checked Google Plus? [MakeUseOf Poll] Google+ is still a thing, at least for the time being. But unless there's a huge wave of interest, its future is far from assured. So, do you still use Google+? Read More

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+ Google Plus: A Guide For Everyone Google Plus: A Guide For Everyone If you’re reading this guide, you have probably wondered, “Why should I sign up for Google+?” The answer is simple: Google. You may have heard of them. Read More , 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+ 5 Things I Like And 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus [Opinion] 5 Things I Like And 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus [Opinion] When Google + finally came out, I actually avoided using it for up to a year. Not only was I skeptical, but I've been an initial user of a social network before, and it's absolutely... Read More 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.

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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 When Was the Last Time You Checked Google Plus? [MakeUseOf Poll] When Was the Last Time You Checked Google Plus? [MakeUseOf Poll] Google+ is still a thing, at least for the time being. But unless there's a huge wave of interest, its future is far from assured. So, do you still use Google+? Read More :

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

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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 8 Skilled Jobs That May Soon Be Replaced By Robots 8 Skilled Jobs That May Soon Be Replaced By Robots Are machines coming for your job? You might be surprised. Recent advances in AI are putting white collar jobs at risk. Read More 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 What Happens When Robots Can Do All the Jobs? What Happens When Robots Can Do All the Jobs? Robots are getting smarter fast -- what happens when they can do every job better and cheaper than human beings? Read More .

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 Meet the Robot That's Trying to Take My Job Meet the Robot That's Trying to Take My Job This article wasn't written by a robot - but the next one you read might have been. Robots are already in our midst, and you might be surprised what they can do. Robots are reporting... Read More ? 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.

Image Credits: Devon Hollahan, Windell Oskay via Flickr

  1. Kevin Liske
    June 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I put in a nope because I do cartography. Yes, a computer can chug out maps all day long and that's great for general purpose maps for a general audience. What I do is a blend of science, art, deep knowledge of the subject matter and cultural context being mapped, and what the map is intended to do. Sure, you can hire some folks to spend a lot of time programming automatic map machine, but the end result will still be a generic map. Until AI evolves enough to learn and think as well or better than a human, there will still be a number of jobs that will remain in human hands for the remainder of this century.

  2. fcd76218
    June 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Automation has been "stealing" jobs for at least two centuries. Robots are only the latest iteration of automation. The jobs that are "stolen" or have been "stolen" in the past are low-skill, menial jobs. OTOH, automation has and will create new jobs requiring more skills.

    Are robots going to "steal" my job? NO. There is no way that, in the foreseeable future, a robot can take over for me as a husband and a father.

  3. John Root
    June 8, 2015 at 10:50 am

    People have been yelling and screaming about new inventions taking their jobs for centuries, that's where the word sabotage came from. We will adapt to the new discoveries, and I think most people will agree we will end up better of because of them.

  4. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 8, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Robots will steal many jobs. The only solution is join a company and start creating robots which steal other people jobs. You're safe until robots start creating robots. :)

  5. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    June 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Automation is surely going to end some jobs just like the auto ended the jobs of the horse and carriage drivers, village smithies, etc for the most part.

    There is little question , I think, that automation has actually increased employment opportunities. Those who disagree , we can outlaw all computers and auto/trucks to re-create those long lost jobs for society.

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