OK, maybe now we can panic — the White House says robots are coming for our jobs.
A new report says artificial intelligence is surpassing the abilities of humans in certain tasks. And some industries need to prepare for a shift — particularly those that include driving for a living.
The report notes the jobs at the most risk are those that are more easily automated. Those jobs can disproportionately affect people with less education.
While the White House doesn't have a timeline for predicted job loss, it estimates a little more than 80 percent of certain driving jobs could be impacted as technology improves.
For example, the U.S. had 168,620 total transit and intercity bus drivers in May 2015. The government predicts 101,170 to 168,620 of those could be threatened in years to come.
But before a revolt a la "I, Robot" ensues, remember the report isn't a net prediction, so it doesn't take into account jobs that might be created from the shift.
It's possible that a phase out of human drivers could create a need for more urban planners to design for autonomous vehicles.
The driving transportation industry isn't the only one that's likely to see change. Officials say health, education, energy and other industries could be impacted as well.