As the world becomes more tech savvy and even our homes start becoming ‘smart’, some jobs will be lost. The technology that we are using has brought a revolution to our lives. From apps and devices that can monitor our health at home to the software and services we use in our offices, everything is changing. In lieu of this statement, the jobs that could be worst hit include those of taxi drivers and even journalists.

Why will taxi drivers be extinct?

Top technology organizations of the world are busy in developing driverless cars. Today, most major auto manufacturers, ride-hailing services like Uber and even Google are fighting their way to reach the top of the driverless car segment. Many driverless trucks are already being tested and their results are fantastic too. For example, you can head to to see what Torc, a robotics company in Virginia, is doing to advance driverless trucking technology. Manufacturers are keen on developing vehicles that are not just safe, but completely autonomous i.e. 100% devoid of human control.

These driverless cars provide better options for transport, trying to mitigate the number of accidents at the same time. The day is not far when the roads will be full of driverless cars. While the impact of this on personal cars will be felt, the public transportation system will take the worst hit ever. With services like Uber planning to make their taxis driverless, the number of job opportunities for taxi drivers will reduce drastically.

According to a recent survey by Bidvine, 36% people believe that the job for the taxi driver will be gone soon. The survey, conducted on 1200 citizens, showed that more the job for the taxi driver is most susceptible to extinction by 2027. The industry needs to modernize or it will face an uncertain future. Utilizing two-way radio rental equipment more regularly may help the taxi industry recover and match its rivals in the coming years. 3% of the respondents believed that the new autonomous car technology will eventually wipe out taxi drivers from the labor market. Even the World Economic Forum suggests that we will lose 5 million jobs to technology, artificial intelligence, and robots by 2020. That presents a dark picture for the future of taxi drivers around the world. However, it is important to note that driverless vehicles still need a driver. Even though the vehicle may be able to do most of the work itself, a human still needs to be available to take charge in an emergency, so taxi drivers will still be needed.

Which other sectors will technology impact?

Apart from taxi drivers (who received a staggering 36% response on likeliness to lose jobs), educators, cashiers, tube drivers and even journalists could lose their jobs to technology. The survey respondents also believed that the availability of online services could prove to be a killer for these jobs. CEO of Bidvine, Sohrab Jhampani suggested that the world will see a great change in the jobs market since the 18th century. He also mentioned that while some jobs will be lost to technology, other local services like handy, repairs, plumbing etc. are not going away anytime soon.

The use of social media is making it impossible for journalists to keep up their jobs. Online educational initiatives are also making traditional classrooms obsolete. Hence, there are high chances of educators and journalists to go extinct as well. In the post-industrialization era, these two were considered highly skilled and important jobs. However, they are not as important anymore. Same is the case with tube drivers and cashiers.

We cannot foretell the future but we can suggest that a major disruption in the jobs market is evident. However, for now, the jobs of taxi drivers are safe.

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