Good piece on the topic in IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger's blog:
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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work
Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,” its initial article on the study asked, or “Should we fear threats to jobs, disruptions to organizations, and strains on the social fabric?”
Most jobs involve a number of different tasks or activities. Some of these activities are more amenable to automation than others. But just because some of the activities have been automated, does not imply that the whole job has disappeared. To the contrary, automating parts of a job will often increase the productivity and quality of workers by complementing their skills with machines and computers, as well as by enabling them to focus on those aspect of the job that most need their attention. .... "