A Deloitte report released today has \u2018busted the myth\u2019 of robots taking jobs from humans, arguing that unemployment levels are low across the Western world despite accelerating technological change.\n\u201cRobots won\u2019t take your job\u201d the seventh Building the Lucky Country report notes, pointing to the fact unemployment rates in Australia are at their lowest levels since 2012.\n\u201cWhere new technologies do take effect, they generally create as many jobs as they kill. It\u2019s just that the ones that they kill are easily spotted, while the ones they create are hiding in plain sight,\u201d the reports states. \u201cAfter all, for every problem there is a job \u2013 and we\u2019re not running out of problems.\u201d\nAccording to the report there has been no evidence to date of digital change leading to destruction of jobs in Australia, given more Australians are employed today than they were in the late \u201980s, and the unemployment rate is below 30 year averages.\n\u201cWe don\u2019t face a dystopian future of rising unemployment, aimless career paths and empty offices. Yes, technology is driving change in the way we work, and the work we do, but it\u2019s ultimately not a substitute for people,\u201d said Deloitte Access Economics partner, and lead report author, David Rumbens.\n\u201cTechnology is much more about augmentation than automation, and many more jobs will change in nature because of automation, rather than disappear altogether,\u201d he added.\nThe sentiment is at odds with a number of recent studies which predict up to 47 per cent of jobs will be replaced by automation. Locally, a 2015 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science study and a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) report from the same year estimates about 40 per cent of jobs will eventually be fully automated. In 2017 consultancy AlphaBeta said 3 million Australian jobs (around a third of all jobs) were at risk by 2030.\nAccording to Deloitte, those studies miss the point of technology, which automates certain tasks rather than whole industries. The firm points to the construction industry, which despite the rise of equipment and machinery and digital project management tools remains one of the largest employers in Australia.\n\u201cAs such, the most widely cited (and the most negative) studies which assume that whole occupations\u2014rather than individual tasks\u2014will be automated are unlikely to eventuate, or will be limited to a smaller set of occupations,\u201d the Deloitte report says.\nHowever, the report concedes that it is \u201cnot to say that there will be no job losses\u201d. But others will be created, it continues, and \u201cin net terms, the latter will outweigh the former. We can use technology to our advantage to create more meaningful and productive jobs involving more meaningful and well-paid work,\u201d Rumbens said.\nHowever, there is no denying the fear of losing jobs to advancing technology, the report says. But this has always been so, it adds.\u00a0\u201cIn the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I rejected a patent for a knitting machine for fear that it would \u2018tend to [knitters\u2019] ruin by depriving them of employment\u2019,\u201d the report notes.\nA survey of 1,000 Australians published today by Swinburne University of Technology, found that just over half of Australian workers feared losing their job to automation and AI. Fear of job loss due to AI replacement was more commonly reported than fear of job loss from a change in the economy or being replaced by someone cheaper.\nThe fear itself was a risk to prosperity, Deloitte Australia CEO Richard Deutsch added.\u00a0\u201cThese myths aren\u2019t just wrong, they\u2019re potentially damaging if we allow them to take hold and lead to our making the wrong choices,\u201d he said.