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Is a machine going to take your job?

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I guess in summary, the advantage of getting your head around this form of change is to realize that your career will probably not be falling over a cliff overnight. However, there is a strong likelihood that careers will be changing rapidly, certainly along the cutting edge. Machines will start reshaping the plug-and-play aspects of business, and a whole new array of professions will arise to enhance and add value to that computing muscle.

It is a change you need not fear, and one you can embrace. If nothing else, worthwhile to prick your ears up and open your mind to possible future permutations in your role and industry.

Is Artificial Intelligence going to make your job redundant?
My opinion is a “No” in the clear majority of cases, but it is likely technology will be changing your industry soon.
The capacity and accuracy of a machine outstrips human ability without even breaking a proverbial sweat. Chances are good that an unnervingly high percentage of the tasks that busy your work day could currently be done faster, better, more accurately by a machine. That is the bad news. Currently the only area that is being defended by the human worker is the ability to bring together soft-skills and human experience to reason, empathize, piece together, decide, motivate and communicate with a human filter on the business objectives. Essentially, humans still have the ability to be wiser, despite being outclassed in the knowledge game.
I have always taken comfort in being in the ‘majority’ section on the traditional product adoption curve (see graph), thus relying on the innovators and early adopters to work through a new concept and iron out all the kinks. I only really take note when the product has weathered the teething phase and is accepted and praised by the mass market (explaining why I only crossed over to Apple on iPhone version 5). My attitude to AI and machine learning is the same- it is not mature yet, but we all need to acknowledge that we are already into the early adoption phase and the next phase of machines as workers is coming, with increasing ability to use reasoning to solve a problem.
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I recently did some browsing looking for consensus on what the job marketplace of the future looks like. One of the best articles I found pulled a perspective together that framed the discussion well for me. Essentially that those areas that are most likely to continue to be human dominated fields are those that are orientated around creativity, strategizing, building and maintaining complex relationships; and those that are unpredictable in their tasks. The author, Arwa Mahdawi, contends that if your job is highly routine, repetitive and/or predictable that there is a high possibility that it may be handed over to technology in the near future (click here to view the article).
And for those interested, a bit of reading on the matter might be found in the quoted source: “Rise Of The Robots: Technology And The Threat Of A Jobless Future” by Martin Ford.
There is no denying a shift in the status quo of professions is underway, and we need to start thinking about work differently. In this process, there were three things that intrigued me and worth sharing:
1. Jobs will remain, but tasks and services will change
For example, a lawyer or financial planner will remain as the description of work, but the services offered and the tasks involved in the output of the role will change. Technology will be able to churn out the results required, and the professional may become a form of outbound channel manager for that data.
2. Diversifying your career
The notion that people will begin to work on more than one project or company simultaneously. Jobs will become less singular, holistic and less labour intensive. People may start checking this for entity A, actioning this for entity B, providing some input to entity C etc. This in contrast to the nature of siloed business units that we have become accustomed to. Jane from the legal department, might become Jane the legal resource working across business units, and indeed organizations and industries.
3. Machine/ human collaborations
This view contends that humans will become less of the ‘do-ers’, and they will increasingly be channelling and enriching the business output. This a highly positive and proactive view on the future as a partner collaboration to drive both efficiency and quality upwards. MacDonald’s have recently implemented several automated systems-human alliances into their restaurant processes to improve efficiency and reliability. This has shown impressive initial acceptance and coincided with an all-time high in the company’s share price in mid-2017.
I guess in summary, the advantage of getting your head around this form of change is to realize that your career will probably not be falling over a cliff overnight. However, there is a strong likelihood that careers will be changing rapidly, certainly along the cutting edge. Machines will start reshaping the plug-and-play aspects of business, and a whole new array of professions will arise to enhance and add value to that computing muscle.
It is a change you need not fear, and one you can embrace. If nothing else, worthwhile to prick your ears up and open your mind to possible future permutations in your role and industry.
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