According to McKinsey Global Institute, 45% of the activities people are paid to perform in the US could already be automated using technologies available today. In manufacturing, food service, accommodations and retail, 78% of work tasks could be automated right now.
But it’s not just entry-level or low-wage workers who will be affected. Today, 50% of time spent in the finance and insurance industries is dedicated to collecting and processing data, 60% of which can already be automated.
McKinsey estimates that by 2030 up to 375 million people – or 14% of the global workforce - will need to reskill or upskill. For advanced and developed countries this number may be as high as one third of workers!
Data also suggest that young people today change jobs more frequently – 4 times before they’re 32. This demands greater flexibility and a wider range of skills.
As parents, teachers and decision makers we need to realise that we should nurture and develop the human skills that distinguish us from machines and computers rather than seek to emulate these. By bringing play far more pervasively into children’s lives, we can develop creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking that are key to children’s future success as individuals and as part of their communities.