Plumbers and electricians are the workers who will be last to lose their jobs to robots, AI expert reveals
But Mr Ford, whose most recent book is called Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, warns that humans cannot become to complacent about the oncoming AI revolution.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Ford warned that most jobs are going to be carried out by robots in a near future.
‘One area that is safe for people is the kind of job that requires lots of dexterity, hand-eye coordination and flexibility.
‘Think about skilled trade jobs like a plumber or electrician.’
He also said nursing, which requires empathy and caring, and creative jobs would be safe from being taken over by robots – at least for the time being.
His warning comes just days after the Labour deputy leader said: ‘Much has been written about the impact of technological change and the dystopian future we could all face as a result of the rise of the robots.
‘It can sometimes feel like we are preparing for a world in which artificial intelligence, algorithms and automation, rather than human endeavour and hard work, will shape every aspect of our society and our economy.
‘That sounds like a frightening prospect. But it needn’t be.’
He said that by allowing ’21st-century machines’ to undertake boring and routine tasks in the workplace humans will be freed to do other jobs with bigger economic benefits.
He made the comments at the launch of the final report of the Future of Work Commission, which found that people should not fear the ‘march of the robots’.