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Will a Computer Take Over Your Job?

Soon, it may be a computer calling the shots.

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This story appears in the March 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sorry to break it to you, but computers make better decisions than you do.

"I have the data to prove it," says Chris Snijders, a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, who studies whether computers can make technology purchases as well as purchasing managers do. He's found that computers are better at judging specifications, budgeting and how quickly products will be delivered. Making good decisions requires being "able to store information, retrieve information and combine it in a sensible manner," Snijders says. "Humans aren't good at that."

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