Growing up in a political family, Tessa joined her first political party at 14. Her interest in progressive politics & economics continues.
Jobs in High Demand Versus Jobs That Will Vanish
At this point, we all know that our jobs are on the line. If you are like me, you have probably done a search for the kind of jobs that will survive the age of artificial intelligence. You might find that one site says that carers will be in high demand because caring cannot be done by a robot, while another site will tell you that Japan is manufacturing robots specifically to care for the elderly, and that they are being successful. So what jobs can you prepare for that will take you safely through the next decade?
Five Good Industries for the Future
Alex Ross, in his book, Industries of the Future, says that five areas will survive the immediate introduction of robotics and AI:
- the production and maintenance of robots
- the creation of digital money
- the security of big data on the internet and corporate, and government servers
- DNA-applied cures
- the conversion of physical weapons of war to cyberattacks (so, if you’re a hacker, this last one looks good)
Business Insider says functions like “financial and sports reporters, online marketers, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and financial analysts are already in danger of being replaced by robots."
3D Printers and the MakerBot Age
3D printers have moved forward rapidly since their advent a decade and a half go. It is now possible to ‘print’ a house at a fraction of the cost of using manual labour. In the not too distant future, it is conceivable that retailers will fade from the picture and makerbot districts will provide consumers with the ability to hire a 3D printer to print out whatever they wish, be it crockery or cutlery or a double bed and cupboard to match. A 3D printer has printed out a prosthesis.
It is not accident that savvy investor gurus are urging their clients to invest in the Robot Age. Bill Gates has invested heavily and has said that people have no idea how many jobs are going to be lost.
So owing a 3D MakerBot shop is probably going to be a good switch for entrepreneurs who currently own auto shops. Training to become a bricklayer isn't going to cut it!
Healing Cancer Through Genomic Healing
Dr Lukas Wartman was given six months to live (he had leukemia). As he was an oncologist who worked with Washington University as a cancer researcher, when his peers at the university heard his prognosis, they took a few weeks to run a detailed scan of his genome to pinpoint the exact cause of the cancer in his DNA. They found it, and, fortunately, there was a cure. It took two weeks for his cancer to go into remission.
Genomic research is the big career move for the next two decades. It will transform human medical applications and ensure people live much longer.
How Sequencing a Cancer Genome Cured Cancer
Internet Security: Defending Against Hacking. Protecting Data
Most and more companies and governments are seeing their computer systems hacked. More than one site has seen embarrassing information released when they either refused to shut down or didn’t pay a ransom. In addition, the militaries of various countries are not adverse to tampering with computer systems of other countries in order to accomplish something without weapons of mass destruction.
Those with expertise in programs like Splunk will be in high demand.
Not a nice profession to be in as it’s probably very stressful. However, it’s more and more apparent that dismantling of computer systems in other countries does more to hamper their abilities to win a war than anything else.
Those with extensive hacking abilities (Anonymous probably knows a thing or two) will probably find themselves in high demand.
GCHQ, in the UK, is the world's most advanced hacking centre (see below).
Digital Money, Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin proved it possible, and the increasing number of courses now available about digital currency show it’s at the tipping edge of becoming a mainstream event.
In addition, Amazon, Overstock, Target, CVS, Expedia, Subway, Zappos, Wholefoods, Wordpress, Virgin Galactic, Paypal, eBay, Reddit, Tesla, Etsy, and numerous other companies (both publicly and privately owned) are now accepting bitcoin.
Those who have expertise in creating digital currencies will have their skills in high demand as countries and communities begin the switch from fiat currency to digital currencies.
In addition, those who can create mobile money apps, like the successful M-Pesa in Africa, will find a steady market for their skills.
Jobs Supplying Information Will Disappear
Even professional jobs are at risk. Most legal jobs, for instance, are nothing more than completing the right documentation. While debating in court might not be so easily replaced, most attorneys do not spend their days in court. Instead they are preparing documentation for commerce and individuals. This will be done by AI in future.
There are now robots which can write a novel, play a musical instrument (and compose music), operate on a human, fight like a soldier, serve drinks like a bartender, provide medication at the pharmacist, and more.
Martin Ford: A Jobless Future
Emotionally Supportive Jobs Are not Immune
As is happening in many first-world countries, Japan has a top-heavy population of aging people. They need carers. Toyota was the first to develop Robina, a robot that could do household tasks to help the elderly.
It has been said that robots cannot duplicate the empathy of human beings and that the elderly might not take to communicating with robots. Yet that is not true.
We talk to our phones, asking for information, and have grown accustomed to virtual reality.
Take a look at the robot developed by Bristol Robots specifically to help with the elderly in the UK.
Soft Robotics Will Cater to the Human Need for Cuddles
It is much easier to relate to a soft, cuddly machine than it is to a metallic hulk, no matter how much it reminds us of CP30. Robotic manufacturers want to make robots as user friendly as possible so they are looking for soft materials which are cuddly. Harvard university recently launched the octobot, a robot that takes its cue from the octopus. This technology will eventually be applied to more humanoid-shaped robots. This means that even jobs that provide a cushioning effect to human beings won’t be immune from Artificial Intelligence.
Soft Robotics Go Mainstream
Teaching Jobs Will Disappear
According to Dr. Bob Goldman, in a recent post on FaceBook, education on the mobile phone will become world-class. With everything you need to know on the mobile phone in your hand, it will no longer be necessary to sign up for expensive courses at college and university. So teaching jobs will gradually disappear as well.
The teachers who will survive will be the ones who become technologically savvy and post their courses in easy and inexpensive videos on the web.
And the People Who Won't Have Jobs?
That’s the tough one! The real issue is how half of the world’s population will feed and house themselves without an income. The European Union is looking at this by investigating a Universal Basic Income, but there is a lot of resistance from those who are working who feel that they don’t want to support the unemployed.
Best bet is to start preparing now for the job you will need in a year or two.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2016 Tessa Schlesinger
Tessa Schlesinger (author) on September 06, 2016:
It was called Future Shock. I remember it. Rachel Carsons also wrote Silent Spring. I read it in 1970, so I've always been a passionate environmentalist. Also Faith Popcorn in one of her books covered come for this stuff. She runs one of the brain banks in New York.
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on September 06, 2016:
Well, this has been predicted decades by sociologists, scientists, & other social scientists. Alvin Toffler elaborated on computerization & robotization in his books. There was a book that I read two decades ago by another author which stated that those who don't have computerized skills will be part of the new underclass.