The Guardian predicts the impact of technology on professionals, including lawyers.  It notes that last year, AP reporters attempted to figure out which jobs were being lost to new technology, analyzing data from 20 countries and conducting additional analysis. They found that most jobs that had disappeared in the past four years were no low-skill/low-pay jobs, but fairly well-paid positions in traditionally middle-class careers.

Oxford academics Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A Osborne predict computers could make nearly half of jobs redundant within 10 to 20 years. Office work and service roles, they wrote, were particularly at risk. But almost nothing is impervious to automation.

Knowledge-based jobs were supposed to be safe career choices, the years of study it takes to become a lawyer, say, or an architect or accountant, in theory guaranteeing a lifetime of lucrative employment. That is no longer the case. Now even doctors face the looming threat of possible obsolescence. Expert radiologists are routinely outperformed by pattern-recognition software, diagnosticians by simple computer questionnaires. In 2012, Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla predicted that algorithms and machines would replace 80% of doctors within a generation.

To learn more, including predictions for lawyers, see Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions? | Technology | The Guardian.

Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.