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Computers will Not Only Reshape Workers but also Work Itself

An expert article by: Australian Futures Project

It was little over a century ago that one in three Australian workers were employed in primary industries. By 2015, 70 per cent of the Australian economy was made up of service-based industries. The extension of computerisation into almost all aspects of human activity has the potential to radically reshape the workforce of tomorrow. By some estimates, almost 40 per cent of the workforce – around five million Australian jobs – face the high probability of being replaced by computers in the next 10 to 15 years.

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