Technical writing... by robots?
March 17, 2014 7:52 PM Subscribe
I saw a somewhat blogspammy news article the other day (regrettably, I cannot remember where, and google is failing me) which listed the top ten or twenty professions that would be eliminated by automation in the next twenty years. Among them were ones I would expect: telemarketing, retail sales, etc. Nothing surprising there.
And then they threw technical writing into the mix.
My question is, how could software automate technical writing?
posted by deathpanels to Work & Money (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This was surprising to me, because every economic health source seems to be saying that software jobs will keep growing indefinitely, and it seems to me that software companies would always need people adept at the technical side of things who are also capable of writing documentation, interactive help, and training materials.
I know there are tools for generating API documentation, but tech writers do more than just Javadoc, right? Was this article just stirring up controversy, or do tech writers really have reason to fear for their jobs in the future? If so, by what means?
More broadly, I'm also curious about what research, if any, has been done on automation-proof jobs. What makes a job particularly susceptible to obsolescence beside the obvious examples of welders and assembly line workers?