zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 18, 2017 5:45 PM
Cashiers at fast food restaurants aren’t the only workers who should fear being imminently replaced by kiosks and artificial intelligence. Advances in machine-learning software could soon render many high-paying Wall Street jobs obsolete – jobs that will no doubt quickly disappear as electronic trading in equities and foreign exchange markets squeezes trading revenue, forcing banks to seek cost savings elsewhere.
As Bloomberg points out, “the fraternity of bond jockeys, derivatives mavens and stock pickers who’ve long personified the industry are giving way to algorithms, and soon, artificial intelligence.”
Indeed, firms are already rolling out machine-learning software to recommend trades and hedging strategies. And while many of these tools will undoubtedly help the employees who remain vastly improve productivity (if history is any guide), one day soon, the machines may not need much help.
But as anyone in the industry has probably noticed, banks have stepped up recruiting of tech talent since the financial crisis. Of the jobs Goldman Sachs’s securities business posted online in recent months, most were for tech talent.
Billionaire trader Steven Cohen is reportedly experimenting with automating his top money managers. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen has said 100,000 financial workers aren’t needed to keep money flowing.
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