Will Robots Take My Job?
These days, everyone seems to think that 10 to 20 years from now, the majority of our jobs will be taken from us by robots. And sure, if we’re looking at specific jobs that were once carried out by humans and now machines, it does seem likely that the trend will continue. Ultimately, we're living in a fast-paced world of technological disruption.
But, does that eradicate the need for human thought? Of course not. Instead, it makes room for even further advancement. Robots will do the opposite of what they did in the Jetsons. They won’t take our jobs, they’ll give us time to enhance our careers.
AI will be the greatest thing for humans.
AI Can Never Be Human, & That’s Where Our Skills Come In
No matter how advanced artificial intelligence gets, they’ll always be missing certain human characteristics. They won't have the charisma, empathy, and lived experience that you or I have. It’s traits like these that make us more valuable in customer service and leadership roles. And what about positions like psychologists and massage therapists? As technology advances and workloads increase, these positions will become more necessary than ever.
We need only look as far as sewing machines as an example of technology that reshaped the landscape of a whole host of jobs. We still need seamstresses, fashion designers, and tailors after the invention of the sewing machine. They just perform their jobs differently and more efficiently. Yet, when sewing machines first emerged on the scene, people were terrified these machines would cut the need for employment in a variety of industries. But they didn't.
Similarly, robots aren't being built to replace us, they're here to make life easier at work. For example, accountants will have access to software that crunches all the numbers for them. That means they’ll spend less time producing financial statements, and more time on strategic financial advice.
Look Forward to the Future & Stop Fearing Change
No matter what we want or think is best, AI will be a massive part of our future. We'd better get used to the idea. History shows that we’ve always been resistant to change, though. But it’s all these changes that have provided the conveniences we know and love today, like the Internet, the iPhone and Uber.
And, by the way, these innovations produced millions of jobs, and that’s pretty incredible.