The BBC has an interesting online article in tandem with its Panorama programme on the automation of work by robots.

Readers are asked to input their job title and an algorithym calculates the risk of the reader’s job being replaced in the future.

As I wiped the sweat from my brow I learnt that as a journalist and editor, I had 8% chance of being replaced by artificial intelligence.
Collector salespersons and credit agents might have to start looking around, with a 94% chance of automation, being 37th of 366 jobs likely to be automated in the future, according to the app.

Obviously if you can fabricate a robot that is big enough, most people will pay up on overdue payments.

Those further down the hierarchy in asset finance firms will have to keep their wits about them in the robot revolution.

Financial account managers were 4th most likely of the list of 366 jobs, with a 98% chance of automation.

If you’re more into strategy and a bit further up the chain, your risk drops considerably.

‘Business and financial management professionals’ have a 7% chance of being replaced. If you’re a sneaky startegy specialist then perhaps you can start funding more robotic projects: you’re way down on the list afterall.

But the number one job to be dissolved by the metal tide? Telemarketers.

So now’s the time to say goodbye to your sales staff.

In a slightly more serious tangent, automisation has started creeping into leased assets already, as the internet of things brings IT equipment, like printers, online and into the realm of remotely accessed assets and data contributive machines.

Just like the fleet management software that Leaseplan and others are developing, or online portals and platforms for commercial consumers that UK brokers are eyeing up, assets that can contribute to information helping to maintain assets are surely the next step in the leasing evolution by speeding up the supply of finance or the service chain.

Imagine a tractor or car that could tell you when its tyre needed replacing, or even drive itself to be serviced.

Or manufacturing equipment that would call a service engineer if it detected a problem with itself.

It certainly adds a tantalising service element that can be added to products for lessees.

But like eveything, it requires a balanced approach and a worthwhile strategy to achieve, with development costs being key.

And if you’re in telecommuncations leasing, you won’t be too keen if the first on the list of automated jobs is the telemarketer, unless you’re funding next-generation artificial intelligence.

And if you do have a secret lab where you’re developing scary A.I, it’s time for the rest of us to start looking for a pub to buy.
The second least likely job to be replaced in the future? A publican.