Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots, New Study Finds

by Tyler Durden
February 10, 2017

The study, published this week, says that robots are “more efficient” at collecting data, processing paperwork, and doing the routine tasks that now fall to low-level government employees. Even nurses and doctors, who are government employees in the UK, could be relieved of some duties by mechanical assistants.

There are “few complex roles” in civil service, it seems, that require a human being to handle.

“Twenty percent of public-sector workers hold strategic, ‘cognitive’ roles,” Reform’s press release on the study says. “They will use data analytics to identify patterns—improving decision-making and allocating workers most efficiently.

“The NHS, for example, can focus on the highest risk patients, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. UK police and other emergency services are already using data to predict areas of greatest risk from burglary and fire.”
The problem, Reform says, is that public sector employee unions have bloated the civil service ranks, forcing government agencies to keep on older employees, and mandating hiring quotas for new ones. The organizational chart looks like a circuit board—and there’s no incentive to streamline anything.

Unfortunately for civil service workers, it seems the study is just the latest in a series of research that won’t save their jobs. Oxford University and financial services provider Deloitte, both of whom comissioned their own studies concur with Reform‘s conclusions. The Oxford University study said that more than 850,000 public sector jobs could fall to robots over the course of the next decade.

57 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    We should reduce the number of bureaucrats. Streamlining and modernizing processes could eliminate the need for many of these jobs.

    1. rifftop says:

      start first with the social sevices, welfare offices…..all those rat holes that “redistribute” our money to the migrants that Obama dragged into the US…….including those fat Somali bitches hanging outside the food pantries complaining about the food. Time to redefine who is entitled to all our charity………and it sure isn’t Mideast muslims, Somalis, or Mexie, Guatemalans, El Salvadorans, Colombians and the rest of the border jumpers. Since Obama the muslim dragged in all these so called “refugees” into the US in the dark of night……..Trump needs to round them up and ship them out during the night……..SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR SACRED LAND TO ENJOY THE SPECIAL FOOD AND CUSTOMS OF THE ISLAMIC THROWBACK CULTURE.

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  • MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

    This would be EXCELLENT!!! We need it here in the USA. No more leeches, no more huge pensions, everyone held accountable to the exact same rules regardless of which ‘party’ they belong to. Goodbye lobbyist… No more champagne bath vacations at taxpayer expense!

    1. rifftop says:

      YEAH, let’s provide phones for illegals, maybe some cars…….and lots of birth control for white college bitches…….for free of course. We need to upgrade the housing for muslims in the city to at least 4 bedroom condos so they can breed some more little terrorists for the future.

  • ABO says:

    Any chance we can replace Chump Schumer and Nancy Piglousy with robots??? They would certainly do a better job than the current Dem “leadership”.

    1. rifftop says:

      nothing could replace those 2 idiots……..a robot couldn’t be that stupid…also add that fool Maxine Waters…….notice how California and New York top the list for the most senile, brain dead representatives? Pelosi thinks Bush is president and Waters thinks Russia is attacking Korea????……heard it myself……and this is what qualifies for leadership or representation. California is a laughing stock to the nation and the world. Add the morons in Hollywood and you actually have a “state sized asylum”. This level of idiocy has spread to the high school and college students who on a weekly basis are in the street protesting…….they DONT REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE PROTESTING……..JUST TRUMP OR SOME UNQUANTIFIED EQUALITY BABBLING. So now we have left wing women nuts protesting, students of all colors protesting………because we now have a president that wants to secure the nation from killers, terrorists and bring some level of prosperity back????? I guess this is racist, homophobic etc …….what insanity. Remember more idiots of the left like Barney Frank, Reid who just left …..and Feinstein and Boxer……all seem to have advanced senility or brain damage from youthful doping and drinking.

      1. Shelly Shannon says:

        They are so crazy it is stunning. And also when Nancy Pelosi told that black senator to tell the public he was a muslim. Which was another big fat lie, he wasn’t. It is just amazing how screwed up these people are.

      2. ABO says:

        I agree entirely and I did see the Waters comments which were made the same day at the same function that Pelosi made her comments about not being able to work with or new President, Bush. Waters couldn’t think which area of Ukraine Russia had militarily occupied and someone actually told her it was Crimea but she said “Korea” Brilliant.

        1. rifftop says:

          Waters, Pelosi, Schumer and a bunch of those dolts…..have the dumbest constituency in the world. Those that vote for them have extremely low IQ and a load of 3rd world bottom feeders like the promise of free birth care, food stamps etc for the rodents they reproduce at our expense. We see how insane Pelosi is………her “people” are worse……..that is why they keep getting elected……..promise them everything for free……..that the middle class pays for while the jobs dry up, pay goes down, inflation eats up income…….prices zoom every year…and these politicians keep lying.

          1. ABO says:

            A prime example being that in an interview in 2005 with Dick Morris, HRC said “Look, the average Democrat voter is just plain stupid. They are extremely easy to manipulate.” The scary part is that in 2016 they very nearly elected her to the Presidency.

      3. Shelly Shannon says:

        I heard the same thing.

    2. Shelly Shannon says:

      Wouldn’t it be fun to program them to do all President Trumps bidding? Oh yeah!

      1. ABO says:

        Ya except that the moron Pelosi thinks it’s “President Bush” (her words Thursday 2/09/2017) that she’s dealing with.

        1. rifftop says:

          YEP……heard that…..Pelosi is senile……she is just anti anything good, to improve our security, prosperity……..her and the rest of those brain dead liberals are an aberration to this country. The other moron Waters thinks Putin is attacking Korea???? I think these politicians should take unannounced drug tests. Waters, Pelosi, Schumer, (Reid in the past….good riddance), Lewis, Conyers……are all brain dead trash that work those minority districts with fear and promises and keep getting reelected………oh, add that nut Warner the 1/32 Pocahontas from Mass. Now the dem party wants to put either Ellison the muslim, Gemhu Green, or some such idiot in charge of the party……whew…’s like some horror show. Meanwhile madam Hillary is ranting about women again……..playing the Bella Abzug role and babbling about more economic, social equality. I want the right to not be invaded by her face or mouth on public media anymore. The democrat party is kind of like “Killer clowns from outer space”……..they smile and then kill you.

        2. Shelly Shannon says:

          I know. I almost lost it. I think they need to reevaluate her because she is either very senile or just plain stupid.

          1. ABO says:

            c) all of the above.

  • Roy Thomas says:

    As one who has worked in the “Government” where in many places they bury their dead sitting down, this is absolutely correct. Their principal goal is to spend as much money by the end of the fiscal year so they can request increased budget funding the next. The weeks before Sept 30 each year are studies in creativity, to say the least.

  • Shelly Shannon says:

    I guess this is one way to lead a government into a dictatorship. Humans still have to program these robots. Who do you think that would be because it probably wouldn’t be unbiased people. I personally am not into the robot thing unless it wants to come clean my house. That would be great.

    1. Roy Thomas says:

      It’s available now. Look at “Adio” on the great investment site You can become an early investor in this initial public offering for a minimal $ amount. Fascinating.

    2. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

      It can COOK too, I’ve wanted a ‘replicator’ forever or at least since early 70s Star Trek 🙂

      1. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

        BUT then I remember the book ‘Demon Seed’ and start to rethink the whole robot home thing.

        1. Shelly Shannon says:

          Yeah, that didn’t work out to well in “I ROBOT” either.

    3. rifftop says:

      It would be healthier and cleaner if the fast food places used robots…..instead of some infected illegal, some non English speaking troll, who never washed hands, or some dopey kid , picking his nose over your fries……ugh. Yeah some things should be robotic…..just to improve the quality………some bimbo with black nail polish and ten studs in her ear making your Mcmuffin kind of leaves the appetite out the door.

      1. Retired says:

        There are a few trial place using robots in the fast food chain industry.

        1. rifftop says:

          I know…….once they all demand $15 an hr…….the automation will start taking over……..but watch the voice in the computerized fast food place…….it will have an Indian accent…….”may I help you pleeeeze”

      2. Shelly Shannon says:

        Well, yeah, now that you put it that way. I’ll still order one up to clean my house tho.

        1. rifftop says:

          I’d leave the house dirty before hiring some illegal to handle my stuff. Robots aren’t really up to cleaning toilets, washing windows etc………just those stupid vacuum robots that bounce off the furniture all day.

          1. Shelly Shannon says:

            If illegals want to clean toilets they don’t need to come here to do that. I wouldn’t hire an illegal to do anything. They say they come here for a better way of life except most of them don’t bring any kind of skills with them. Trump is right. If you have nothing to offer this country then exist in your own.

          2. rifftop says:

            Alll the b.s. by the socialists as excuses to flood this country with 3rd world bottom feeders is a hoax. They come here for the WELFARE, HANDOUTS, FOOD STAMPS, RENT ASSISTANCE. All this is way better than the crap holes they live in south of the border. It wouldn’t please us, but these illiterate, diseased creatures are in heaven. Just cut off the handouts and they will either not come or some will leave. Then you add the gang members, drug runners etc…….and it is of no purpose to bring in this mess. Obama the criminal not only allowed them to run the borders, but told the border patrol to “stand down” ……..and just let them COME ON IN. Obama should be arrested for fraud, misuse of government funds (flying in muslims from Somalia, Syria). The scum in the “democrat ” party babble all this “compassion” garbage, how we must help every single low life on the planet, because we are so WELL OFF. Any body voting for these democrats need to be lobotomized. Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Feinstein, Boxer, Conyers, Lewis……are all psychopaths who lied their way into office, with promises to the lazy, stupid, illegals and all the trash brought in by Obama. Not only do they not have skills……..their labor isn’t even needed…….only about 2 percent work in those so called “farm fields”. The muslims and south of the border clowns reproduce like roaches at our expense…..they come here produce a batch of kids that they think will legalize the parents into not being deported…….as well as collect handouts. If they do work……it’s tax free……they don’t kick into the tax base. The little that they buy and pay sales tax on…….would never come close to what they get for free. They curse us, stomp our flag, rob our homes, attack women, sell kids dope……….and this is the crowning glory of the liberal/socialist/democrat party……..DISGUSTING.

  • rifftop says:

    same could apply to fast food workers, garbage collection, most retail check outs…..the list could grow

    1. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

      A robot will NEVER spit in your food!

      1. rifftop says:

        nor sneeze, drop hair in it……..just the thought of it makes we want to “boycott” fast food places with south of the border trolls touching the food.

        1. Retired says:

          You forget not all coming from south of the border are Mexicans .There are all kinds of refugees using Mexico to get into the US.

          1. rifftop says:

            I haven’t forgot………I just use the “Mexican” as a generic term…….of course, Guatemalans, El Salvadorans, Colombians etc are passing through, just tired to constantly listing every single abuser of our borders……’s become such an invasion, and we have domestic morons protesting the attempt to control this insanity.

          2. Retired says:

            Don’t forget about people from the middle East using the Mexican door.

          3. rifftop says:

            I know…..even Chinese have tried it. It is just too much to keep listing every single group that is abusing this country. Trump is 100 percent correct and I hope he expands the deportations. The next problem is the BRAIN WASHED H.S. AND COLLEGE DOLTS protesting against common sense. What kind of moronic female say 16 to 21 or so ……..protests to let more muslims in this country. What jackasses. These females, living a soft life in the US are so clueless about how Islam treats women. I am completely bewildered why any “western” woman would want anything to do with muslims, Islam, Sharia law. I think all females in high school should do a semester as a muslim……fully covered, told what to do, cannot go outside alone, cannot drive and get smacked a few times when they disobey……..LETS SEE THEN HOW COMPASSIONATE THEY ARE TOWARD THIS HATE CULT CALLED ISLAM.

          4. Retired says:

            Bring back the draft and every one must do three month of real boot camp [No cell phones during that time ]before graduating from High school . Time to teach the younger generation disepline

          5. rifftop says:

            The social engineers ie Marxists……..have killed off any of the old obligations, self responsibilities, patriotism…..all that was considered normal…… is called racist, homophobic…..the education system was hijacked decades ago…….in order to produce new generations of dumb asses, who have little values, and no discipline about anything…….IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING A GOOD TIME…..all the electronic gadgets are there to “mind control” the idiots who refuse to turn it off even when walking in traffic. They will never bring back anything……..especially if it means doing anything for themselves……..we have 2 generations of self indulgent slobs that have worthless values.

  • tryscavage says:

    We already ARE using robot in the government: Show up at exactly 10 o’clock for a 9 o’clock start of your day. Have a 2 hour breakfast at the cafeteria. Go to your desk. Look at the papers upon papers of work you must do. Sigh. Go back to the cafeteria for a 2 hour lunch. Go to the in office racquet courts for 2 hours of racquet ball. Go back to your desk. Talk to all 5000 workers who did the exact same with you all day. Sigh. Put on your coat and head home. The next day show up at 10 o’clock for a 9 0’clock start of your day. Have a 2 hour breakfast at the cafeteria. Go to…EVERY DAY.

    1. Shelly Shannon says:

      I’ll bet that statement isn’t as far from the truth as it may seem. Great analogie.

      1. Roy Thomas says:

        And they never forget to have stacks of papers on their desks which never go down in size. Full inboxes and empty outboxes, and never run out of titles either.

        1. Shelly Shannon says:

          And when you call you get “The mail box you are calling is full. please call back another time”.
          It’s ironic.

    2. Roy Thomas says:

      Correct; did you work for what passes for government too?

      1. tryscavage says:

        Many years ago. Things never change. Family members have worked more recently. The only exception is N.I.H. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath and follow it. The rest of the government swear allegiance to the Country but have their left crossed fingered hand behind their back.

    3. NM Leon says:

      Yeah but they deserve all those work place bennies. After all, they have to face the fact that at age 55 they will have to endure a great pension

      1. rifftop says:

        what is a great pension? Are you looking at the politicians? The little drone workers got shit for pensions…..not that 100% these congress pukes get. After 25 years you got 50 percent of shit = shit. Today they take the worker’s money and shove it in some scam “investment” and the worker hopes it’s there when they leave……..yeah real good deal. Where were these raquet ball courts and cafeterias?? I worked in a maintenance shop with fumes, grease, oil and filth. brought my own lunch to eat at a beat up table in a smelly break room. Go look at those auto dealer repair shops……..all neat and clean, bogus charge and time tables to fix (swap parts)………and then they charge you at least $150 hr for labor…….yeah those private enterprise shops are really brutal…….with their “K..rag” coffee makers. Those real estate offices, insurance offices…….all making commissions on shoving papers around…… somebody’s house, or car…….that depreciates every year, yet the premiums never go down. Go figure. Or those medical offices and labs that charge thousands for some blood test…….while they hire foreigners to pay them cheap, and you hope your tests are done correctly. Yeah those Philipinos, Mexicans, Koreans, Chinese etc doing your blood tests….for all you old Caucasians. It always looks great from the outside …doesn’t it? How about going after the real deadbeats…..politicians, overpaid CEO’S, rip off repair clowns and low quality tradesmen who rip off home owners, car owners etc. You also forget that military personnel are “government workers”. I participated in that aspect for 30 years………NEVER SAW OVERTIME PAY FOR THOSE ROUND THE CLOCK EXERCISES, TRAINING OR MOVEMENTS. Getting up at 4AM…..going to sleep at ???? whenever. Dirty, nasty, cold, wet, hot, sweaty, whatever the case……and not one extra dollar. Yeah……I know the answer…….nobody made me do it?……Actually in the beginning they did…….CALLED THE DRAFT. It was not a democracy, not a 9 to 5, with bathrooms, showers and unions. Just go after the head crooks and not the little guy…….no such thing of 2 hr lunches, endless breaks etc……..only for the head pukes with the limos, expense accounts and staff.

        1. gvette says:

          Those other places you mention, are private sector. You go there IF you want to. Government workers(ya right) suck off the tax payers while they are there, and still keep sucking after they are gone, and replaced by more worthless people!

          1. rifftop says:

            in many places the trash collectors are “government” workers…… would be a “foul” life without their efforts. I also would hardly call that job ……sucking off taxpayers…….you wouldn’t do it.

          2. gvette says:

            Funny you’d pick that out. Where I live, their pay, pension, and health care are great, and people want the job! All government workers are payed by taxpayers. Most couldn’t hold a job in private sector!

        2. NM Leon says:

          NOT talking about the military.

          Talking about the bureaucrats in the fed gov.

          And not sticking up for politicians, but they DON’T get that rumored 100% after 1 term. They are part of the very good plan the rest are on.

          1. rifftop says:

            politicians are thieves……who the hell gets a full pension after one term? These guys and their appointees are the crooks. It is necessary to separate the guy doing dirty work……under the title of government worker, the mechanic, painter, trash guy, truck driver, custodians etc……they are lumped TOGETHER WITH POLITICIANS……..IS RIDICULOUS. Most of those jobs pay much less than the private sector in the same work, that is because the government USED TO offer better side benefits…health care, holidays off etc……..not so much today. Check the pay of top mechanic in civilian jobs, v.s. a mechanic in a government agency…….big difference and working conditions………..I’ve been there. If you drop down to the county and local governments……it’s worse……they pay shit…….welfare benefits are higher. Again some take the jobs for the benefits if they exist. It also matters what region or state, since the cost of living varies. What you think in Mississippi is good pay …….on the east coast is crap. Nobody in the tri state area can live on those $30,000 to $45,000 pay……..especially after they take out 10-12 deductions, taxes etc……and that is the going rate for most “workers” in various fields from office to trades……very stifled incomes……with high rents, mortgages, taxes, utilities, insurance…….IT’S A NO GO…….and most have a 2nd earner in the house and many with a side job………..again……separate the worker from the politician.

          2. NM Leon says:

            Politicians do NOT get a full pension after one term.

            Government workers generally get significantly MORE pay than the same private sector job.




            Learn the subject before you spout bullschitte.

          3. rifftop says:

            us senators……after 6 yr term get full pension

          4. NM Leon says:

            Bullschitte. Congress, including the Senate, participates in the same retirement program as every other federal employee (FERS).

            Had you bothered to click on the links I provided, you would have found:

            Is it true that . . . Members of Congress do not pay into Social Security and when they retire they receive a pension equal to their congressional salary for the rest of their life?

            The answer is no. All members of Congress pay Social Security taxes in the same amounts as they would if they were employed in the private sector at the same salary level. The amount of a congressional pension varies and depends on years of service, age at the time of retirement, and salary.
            The facts: The confusion about Social Security probably results from the fact that before 1984, Senators and Representatives did not participate in the Social Security program. Like all federal government employees at that time, members of Congress were covered by a pension plan, called the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), that did not require payment of Social Security taxes and did not provide Social Security benefits. In 1983, Congress passed a law (P.L. 98-21) that required all federal employees first hired after 1983 to participate in Social Security. The law also required all members of Congress to participate in Social Security as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they first entered Congress. Because the CSRS was not designed to coordinate with Social Security, Congress directed the development of a new retirement plan for federal employees, called the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which does coordinate a federal pension with Social Security.

            Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. They are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80 percent of his or her final salary.

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    4. rifftop says:

      what job was that…….what title and function???

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