There is no question a new wave of automation throughout the workplace is upon us, thanks to recent and continuing advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. These technological advances will impact almost all jobs within the workplace today and may even eliminate a few altogether.

Airlines, too, will be affected by this new wave of automation and, in many respects, are riding the crest of the wave. Already at some airlines, according to Mary “Missy” Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and former Naval fighter pilot, “pilots actively steer aircraft for just three to seven minutes of many flights, with autopilot guiding the rest of the journey.”

Recent research conducted by U.S. based McKinsey & Company suggests as much as 45 percent of the work humans are currently paid to perform can be automated using existing technologies. This is not to say this amount of jobs could be fully automated, but potentially up to 45 percent of the activities performed across all roles could be. About 60 percent of jobs could have 30 percent or more of their existing activities automated and 20 percent of roles could see 70 percent automation, representing a significant transformation of job roles in the future.

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