Technology: The Future of our Workforce

Elon Musk once said, “there will be fewer and fewer jobs that robots will not be able to do”.

Well, what exactly does this mean?

Looking back at the global labour market a few decades ago, it was shaped strikingly differently.
Since then, technological progress has changed every one of our lives. In the next step of technological and scientific advancement, our workforce will be changed by the introduction of new concepts such as automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and blockchain.

What exactly is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is a science focused on the development of machines that can perform, react and problem-solve like humans. Although you may not realize it, artificial intelligence is all around us. Ridesharing apps, self-serve machines, strangely relevant ads, social media, smart-home devices, chatbots and many more are examples of AI that we all use on a regular day basis. You may have also heard of automation, a branch of Artificial Intelligence, where machines are able to execute repetitive manual labour. Automation is particularly used in manufacturing, where automated machines work much more efficiently and precisely than humans.

However, in the near future, AI will become more focused on intelligence and less on artificialness. Machines will not only be able to do repetitive manual labour, but tasks focused on judgement, decision-making and cognitive skills. Some real-life examples of the new generation of AI are automated transportation, AI-based healthcare diagnosis, AI assistants and even AI legal advisers.

Does this mean humans will completely be replaced by AI?

No, not exactly. The development of AI is no reason for humans to back out and back down. Yes, automation and machines will take over many jobs, however, society is striving towards a workforce of human PLUS computer, not human VS computer. Rather than being completely replaced by robots, humans will be redeployed into jobs that require higher cognitive skills that AI cannot achieve.

The bottom line.

Where you will soon see a robot, you will also see a human operating the machines. We will always be in power and therefore, need to enter a constant cycle of education, improving our skills in technological understanding and engineering. Students and adults need to familiarize themselves with the concepts of Artificial Intelligence because soon, it will be a major part of society. Correspondingly, in order for current students to succeed in the future world, the school curriculum needs to begin introducing the concept of advanced technologies at a higher level. We, as a society, need to work together to develop greater intelligence in this field to survive and keep our jobs. The workforce of tomorrow will have the challenge of working alongside AI to improve our world, but humans will adjust because we as humans, we are the future.

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