A British think tank based in London has released a report which predicts that 250,000 government jobs will be taken over by Artifical intelligence. Robots and "chatbots" are expected to go into even traditionally unchartered areas like medical care and others.
This report has created a storm of debate in the British online media, especially, with grave concerns about the millions that likely to be destitute and out of jobs on the one side and excitement about an impending automation revolution on the other.
The report by the non-party think tank Reform presents as part of the solution, alternative forms of work in what it calls the 'gig economy' which includes online job platforms that hire job-by-job basis flexibly.
This no doubt references to such giant job platforms as Upwork.com ( the result of an recent merger between Odesk and Elance) and Freelancer.com, which offer just such opportunities in the private sector already.
The entire report has aggravated thousands as is evident in the comment section of The Guardian Newspaper which is a hotbed of debate and controversy on the topic, (over 750 comments the last time we at Diretube.com checked).
The Guardian's article on Reform's report become a hotbed of debate on the contentious topic of job automation.
The avowed mission of the Reform think tank who is responsible for this report is to 'set out to deliver a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity' and this is coupled with a belief in a long-term policy failure on the part of the UK government in this regard.
Mainly this can be gotten rid of by a 35% reduction in public spending.
The Reform blog reflects this view with posts like "Work in Progress: towards a leaner smarter public sector workforce." and "Faulty by design: The state of public service commissioning."
Automating administrative roles is a major focus of this report and so is self-management and the introduction of new recruitment patterns in public services. Much of this is already happening in the workplace and many media have seen the results of this reports as a sort of UBER like process of disruption in the public services arena. Among the new recruitment methods outlined in the report are apprenticeships and the aforementioned online job platforms viewed as 'digital contingent labor'.
During a recent press release Reform stated "Public services can become the next Uber, using the gig economy to employ locum doctors and supply teachers.
Not only this but the Reform report also sees a better world where government offices act like private companies with more learning from mistakes and a culture of self-management and shared workspaces. Agile work where employees work where and how they choose and motivating rewards unencumbered by the stricter payment terms we have come to expect from government jobs are some other notable changes that are expected.