This policy brief on the future of work from the OECD looks at the risk of job automation in OECD countries.
New technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing people's jobs and lives. They have the potential to free up workers to do more productive, less routine tasks and to provide consumers with access to more and better products and services. However, technology will likely change many of the existing jobs, requiring workers and companies to adjust. Some jobs may become entirely redundant although the extent of automation will likely depend on policy, institutions and social preferences.
There has been considerable public debate about the extent of job destruction and whether automation and digitalisation are leading to mass technological unemployment, in whihc many jobs will be done by computers and robots.