These headlines may seem over the top, but, like the scariest nightmares, they’re rooted in reality. From factory line jobs to professions like accounting and medicine, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies mean that more and more tasks can now be automated and completed by machines or algorithms.

A recent report by think tank Centre for Cities estimates that 1 in 5, or 3.6 million, British jobs will probably be ‘displaced’ by 2030 due to automation and globalisation. According to the report, occupations that comprise largely routine tasks are at a higher risk of decline, and the sectors most at risk are warehousing, customer service and retail.

So there’s no doubt that automation will affect human jobs. But is it all doom and gloom? And how will this increasing automation affect the HR teams of the future?