Working Women May Catch a Break During the Robot Revolution

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain center_img Who run the world? Robots. But also girls.Research suggests women are better positioned to ride out the rise of the machines—and may even benefit from it.Luckily for the ladies, predominantly female-led industries like nursing, teaching, and care work are not high priorities for automation.And, as Griffith University professor Fabrizio Carmignani pointed out, women in “advanced economies” tend to have higher levels of education and digital literacy, giving them the edge in a technological revolution.Girl power!Carmignani isn’t convinced robots will eventually wipe out human labor; digitalization, he explained, simply means a shift in the workforce. Like what happened in the 1970s, when women began re-entering the workforce, after decades of playing housewife and stay-at-home mom.“While automation could also threaten jobs in other sectors with high female participation (for example, assembly-type manufacturing or labor-intensive agriculture),” Carmignani wrote in an article published by The Conversation, “historically, the effect of innovation in the work sector seems to have increased demand for female labor and participation.”Dean of the Griffith Business School in Australia, Carmignani cites various studies suggesting the risk of jobs becoming automated is “significantly” lower for women than men—except in Japan.That’s not to say that plenty of female positions aren’t already on the chopping block: Sex robots, for a start, may soon put the world’s oldest profession out of business. And how many different mechanized cleaners are already on the market?There’s a robot for everything—from chauffeuring people to cooking food to policing neighborhoods. You don’t have to inexperienced or uneducated to lose your position to a gadget.It does make sense, though, that low-skilled occupations such as machine operators or assembly line workers (generally men) would be the first to be replaced. Meanwhile, females in the healthcare, education, community, and human resource industries can rest easy—for now.“Far from destroying all jobs, automation seems to be changing occupations in a way that benefits women more than men,” Carmignani said. “This does not mean that automation alone will eliminate any form of gender gap in the labor market.“However, it does mean that women have less to fear than men, and probably more to benefit, from the advent of robots,” he added.I’ll take it.last_img read more

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