If you’ve seen episodes of Black Mirror and compare it with the reality around us, you’re probably thinking that the future is upon is. A dystopian society where everything digital reigns supreme, and where humans become second class citizens to robots, genetically enhanced people, and automated machines. We see it in our daily personal lives and business industries as we speak. The social media phenomenon has changed the way job seekers look for candidates. People with a huge following are favored more than those who don’t, as it is reflective of the individual’s digital savviness. But more frightening than what seems to be “popularity contest” on social media is the actual replacement of people to certain jobs. Note that a robot model influencer named @Lilmiquela took over the Internet a few months ago and garnered 1.5 M followers despite being AI.
Robots taking over
A report by BBC revealed that up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, in a study conducted by McKinsey Global Institute. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest, the report says. The authors see tasks carried out by mortgage brokers, paralegals, accountants, and some back-office staff as especially vulnerable to automation.
But not everything can replace the human touch. The study predicted that “jobs requiring human interaction” will be less prone to being replaced. Here’s a compiled list of jobs that will most unlikely to be affected by automation:
“Humans use their life experiences, their emotions, and their creativity to bring things to life. Robotics and AI uses data to learn and improve,” says Tom Pickersgill, the founder and CEO of Broadstone, a staffing platform that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to match job seekers with some of the U.K.’s largest employers. (Fast Company)
“Social workers, nurses, therapists and psychologists are among the least likely occupations to be taken over as assisting and caring for others, which involves empathy, is a crucial part of the job.” (BBC)
Mat Hunter, director of the Central Research Laboratory, a tech-focused co-working space and accelerator for tech startups says, “There have been attempts to create hair cutting machines in the past but, with the exception of the buzz cut, it does really require considerable dexterity which is hard to automate. And anyway, machines are bad at gossip.”
Occupations involving tasks that require a high degree of social intelligence and negotiating skills, like managerial positions.
A business role that requires you to build close relationships with clients
PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING MANAGERS, EVENT PLANNERS
These jobs require network of people, coordination and a high level of creativity that only humans have.
Writers need to think, create, assess situations, produce original material, and use their imaginations.
DESIGNERS: GRAPHIC, FASHION, ARCHITECT, INTERIOR DESIGN
Again, careers that involve creativity. But these will be enhanced by AI when it comes to execution of the designs.
Several experts confirm that it’s nearly impossible to automate leadership.
“People skills, empathy, and understanding are critical for creating well rounded and emotionally confident young people–only a human can be sure to achieve this,” Pickersgill says.
HEALTHCARE WORKERS, CARETAKERS
While automation can vastly improve medications and tools in the surgery room, humans can’t be replaced when it comes to forming connections with people, building trust, and helping patients heal both physical and emotional aspects.
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