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The future belongs to power-sharers in the workplace and leaders who speak their minds. INTHEBLACK looks at some likely future trends, including the possibility that robots could become our best friends in the office. By Susan Muldowney. Illustrations by Tanya Cooper. 

1. The robots will rise

The battle of man against machine has fuelled many a Hollywood plot line. Recent research from Oxford University shows that machines may in fact triumph, with predictions of significant increases in job automation in the next 20 years. In fact, 47 per cent of jobs in occupational categories are at high risk of being automated.

Those most at risk? Real estate agents, telemarketers and accountants. Source: The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?