Automation and the Future of Work

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The fast advances in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have led to smarter machines. Those machines are the competitive advantage used by companies around the world, but at the same time, they could lead to mass unemployment, and even to the death of capitalism.

There are a lot of opinions regarding automation and the future of work.

As a matter of fact, MIT Technology Review put together 19 studies about it and it turned out that every single study has a different conclusion. Some companies like Gartner predicted that automation would replace 1.8 million jobs worldwide. While other companies like Forrester released a report showing that 13.8 million U.S jobs would be gone in 2018.

Nowadays, experts are arguing on where automation will affect the most people, and on which jobs will be automated. Will it touch more the U.S as some reports are predicting? Or will it touch more Japan like other reports predict. Are teachers and writers safe or not? What about doctors, lawyers, accountant etc.

Now, let’s see which jobs are at risks and what to do about it.

If you are watching my videos on a regular basis, you know that the jobs that are at risks in the near term are jobs that involve repetitive tasks such as delivery, accounting, customer service, marketing, agriculture, architecture, education and many, many others. The jobs that will remain are the jobs that require a lot of emotional engagement with other human beings.

So, what to do to protect jobs?

According to Edward Hess, a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia, if you want to find work in the future, you will have to do what the machines can’t. In other words, you will have to deploy skills that the machines don’t have. Machines can’t deploy creativity, empathy, and reason for the moment. They can’t deploy emotional and social intelligence. That’s the reason why I think that we must improve our emotional and social intelligence from today. These skills are going to make a difference in the Information Age.

In addition, we will have to retrain our workforce for new industries and change the way we educate the next generation.

You know, I’m pro-education. I’m committed to learning everyday – all my life. And it makes me so sad to see that the educational system is the cause of many problems today, and will be the cause of much more if we don’t change it. The educational system is giving people the wrong data and is not preparing children for the Information Age. It’s a system that is obsolete and not adapted to our era. It is important to develop new ways of educating people so that they can deploy the emotional and social intelligence that they will need.

By the way, will probably have to create new economic models.

It’s the inability to compete that is the real threat to jobs – not automation.

Thank you so much for reading guys, that is the end of Article 105. As always, I’m here to help. Hit me up on any of my social media below and stay in touch!




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