The next recession will coincide with the rise of artificial intelligence and automation, putting at risk any jobs that a computer or robot can do faster and better. "If companies can use cheaper software and robotics that gets the job done faster and more accurately, it would undoubtedly affect people’s job security," says Yaniv Masjedi, chief marketing officer at business communications firm Nextiva. The most vulnerable among these, according to Masjedi, include jobs in manufacturing plants, secretarial duties, inventory management, and responsibilities in the food preparation and service industry. "Since these are highly repetitive, automation can replace such a workforce with robots that can mimic the movements with 99% accuracy, reducing the risk of failures and error tremendously," Masjedi notes. "Robots and software programs are also unaffected by health crises like pandemics, making it an even more viable option for companies that want to continue operations without fear of risking anyone’s health."
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