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Social skills may protect you from losing job to a robot

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New York, May 10: Worried that robot will someday stch your job away? People with persolity traits such as great interpersol skills, intelligence and vocatiol interests may be less likely to fall victim to automation, researchers say.

Machine learning and big data will allow the number of tasks that machines can perform better than humans to increase so rapidly that merely increasing educatiol levels won’t be enough to keep up with job automation.

“The edge is in unique human skills,” said lead author Rodica Damian, Assistant Professor at the University of Houston in the US. The findings, published in the European Jourl of Persolity, showed that a solution could be to find effective interventions to increase some persolity traits — doing well in social interactions, for example, or being industrious — or interest in activities related to the arts and sciences.

“Robots can’t perform as well as humans when it comes to complex social interactions. Humans also outperform machines when it comes to tasks that require creativity and a high degree of complexity that is not routine. As soon as you require flexibility, the human does better,” Damian added. For the study, the team used a dataset of 346,660 people to look at how a variety of persolity and background factors predict whether a person will select jobs that are more (or less) likely to be automated in the future. (IANS)

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