While industrial robots
have already displaced hundreds of thousands of jobs
in the US since 1990, they are about to take millions more from human hands in the next decade, said a renowned American economist.
"There's a real mismatch between our institutions and the technologies coming on board," Daron Acemoglu, an economist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), told Axios Media, an American news website, in an interview published on Sunday night.
have been replacing a range of low-skill and medium-skill occupations, reports Xinhua
A paper published in March by Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo, another MIT economist, estimates that the US has already lost between 360,000 and 670,000 jobs
In an aggressive scenario, Acemoglu estimates in the paper that industrial robots
will lead to a 0.94-1.76 percentage points lower employment to population ratio and 1.3-2.6 per cent lower wage
growth between 2015 and 2025, indicating millions of workers could lose their jobs
in the next decade.
Technological advancements have long-term social and political implications, as low-end blue collars are more vulnerable to robots.
Therefore, Acemoglu said education reforms are necessary to relieve the pain inflicted on working class by new technology.