I was asked the question by the head of a new startup for AI as their technology aims to change the world I quote. Will jobs done by regular people be replaced? Fast Company predicts these will be the jobs that will be the worst hit.
1. INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS AND CLAIMS REPRESENTATIVES
2. BANK TELLERS AND REPRESENTATIVES
3. FINANCIAL ANALYSTS
4. CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
5. INVENTORY MANAGERS AND STOCKISTS
7. TAXI DRIVERS
8. MANUFACTURING WORKERS
10. MOVIE STARS
But there is hope. People who choose careers, such as in the creative, technology, or health care industries, in which the building of or decision making about relationships are central, will thrive during the next wave of automation. And then there are the policies governments could adopt to avoid or at least mitigate the problems automation will bring.
Perhaps the future of work is coming, and it’s totally different from your current routine. The only problem is, we don’t really know precisely how different and in what ways. Will robots do everything and humans require government stipends to survive? Technologists, social scientists and politicians desperately need to figure out how this uncertain future will evolve out of our secure, predictable, office-bound present.
Well, it turns out that our understanding of how work works now is almost as bad as how it will change in the future. This lack of clarity about the future of work means there is a lack of inevitability. While all this may seem reassuring, it also opens us up to a wider variety of contested outcomes. And so how the future pans out depends largely on who is making these choices.
And therein lies the problem — do we want the compromise between robots and workers brokered by politicos in Washington, by techies in Silicon Valley or by neither of those, thank you very much? So the question is not “How bad will the future be?” but instead, “For whom is this heaven, and for whom is this hell?”
So if robots help us and take away more of the menial parts of our jobs, then we would have more time! A shorter work week? Maybe automation isn’t that bad.