In Pictures: Careers that are being automated into oblivion

You might think you're familiar with the steady march of automation. But the list of jobs that are being disrupted by technological change may surprise you.

No robot maids (yet) The real irony of the current wave of automation is that it targets the middle of the job market, not the low end. High-skill jobs are disappearing much more quickly than jobs with low status and low pay, as robots are often too awkward and clumsy to do manual labor outside of carefully controlled conditions. Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT's Center for Digital Business, notes that "computers can do calculus better than any human being, [but] restaurant bus boy is a very safe job for a long time to come."

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