Many Data Center Jobs are Vulnerable to Automation

When it comes to automation, the data center is ripe for potential job losses, a new report from McKinsey warns. Data processing-related activities have a 69% percent probability of being automated in the near-term, the report’s authors predict. Data collection-related tasks have a 64% chance of being automated.  The hardest activities to automate, McKinsey observes, “are those that involve managing and developing people (nine percent automation potential) or that apply expertise to decision making, planning, or creative work (18%).

These activities can be as varied as coding software, creating menus, or writing promotional materials. For now, computers do an excellent job with very well-defined activities, such as optimizing trucking routes, but humans still need to determine the proper goals, interpret results, or provide commonsense checks for solutions.”

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