Are robots about to take over the retail industry?

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Taxi driver: 89 per cent. Journalist 11 per cent. Bartender: 77 per cent. Retail Salesperson 92 per cent. According to website willrobotstakemyjob.com, the retail industry is “doomed”. What’s concerning about this website is not the spurious ratings it gives your chosen job, representing the danger of it being replaced by automation, but just how many people are visiting the site. Last month over 300,000 people chose to enter their job titles for the site’s “gaussian process classifier” to rate just how doomed they are. It estimated around 47 per cent of US jobs were at risk of being completely automated. This lays bare a genuine and growing concern over job security. The retail sector, especially those who work within warehouses and delivery for large online retailers, have already begun to experience this transition.

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