Elderly called on to retrain in their 70s as concerns rise over automation of job market


Lord Rees of Ludlow, emeritus professor of cosmology and astrophysics at Cambridge University and expert in future technology told GB News machines are set to take over and force Britons to take up other careers, often well into their 70s and retirement age, as laborious and “mind-numbing” jobs will be fulfilled by machines.

Lord Rees explained: “People are going to have to change their careers over their lifetime much more.

“What we really, really need is more jobs for people to be teaching assistants.

“Carers for young and old, custodians in public parks and things of that kind.”

And in a surprising moment, he suggested how these are the kind of jobs that can be done by “people in their sixties or seventies”.

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Lord Rees went on to warn how this will speed up as more jobs are replaced by machines.

He suggested “mind-numbing jobs” in places like warehouses and call centres will likely be a start point for the changes.

But he said the fallout of this will be a glut of unemployed workers requiring employment

The astrophysicist explained: “The people that work there, they need to be given employment in a more satisfying line where being a human being is important…

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Speaking to The Daily Telegraph last week on the issue of the importance of automation in the job market, he said: “The pandemic has deepened inequalities.

“We have become aware of our dependence on key workers and they are the ones who have suffered (and their children too) while many of the wealthiest people enlarged their fortunes.”

He added: “We have also learned that the dependence of manufacturing on a single supply chain and “just in time” delivery is imprudent.

“The concept of equal opportunity is a sham for children growing up in deep deprivation.”



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