8/14/2016

After Repetitive Jobs are Automated, are Middlemen Jobs Next?

People say you have to have a skill.  And continually learn.  To prevent automation taking your job.

The say repetitive jobs will be the first to become automated.

I'd say the next is anything to do with being a middle-man/middle-woman.

If your job consists of aligning person A with person B, there's a good chance the computer program can do your job.

When thinking about 'added value', how do you compare amongst your peers?  Because there's probably a computer algorithm that can outperform you and your peers.

In accuracy, timeliness, persistence and with fully documented audit trail.

The benefit of having a realtor for example, is they have access to the MLS (listed houses for sale).  You tell them your parameters, they type it in, display listings, drive you to the house, and if you like one, you sign a contract to buy one.  Then a bunch of stuff happens as the closing approaches, they take probably 3% of the purchase price, as does the seller's realtor.

During the boom, some realtors just planted a sign in the front lawn and had 10 buyers lined up.  I couldn't imaging much actual work performed.  And 3% of a house, multiplied by a lot of houses, I think some realtors made millions during the boom, although I hope they socked some away for the tough times.

Besides having access to the MLS, what added value does a Realtor provide?

Could a Realtor's job be automated?  Could a Recruiters?  Recruiters know where the jobs are and then they scour the land for a match and align the two, for a nice fee.

The list goes on and on.  If you line Person A up with Person B, what are the chances that Middleman role will be performed by an algorithm in the near future?  What are the benefits?  Cost savings, accuracy, faster, 24/7, on and on.

What do you think?  After repetitive jobs are automated, are Middleman (woman) jobs next?

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