In recent years, movies such as Robot and 2.0 have been fascinating audiences with the premise that robots will one day take over the world. Superstar Rajnikant’s robot character “ Chitti” is as famous as Terminator of the 90s. Although this idea may sound crazy to some, in one very real sense, robots may very well be taking over the world—the work world, that is.
There is no question on coming technologies like AI that will eliminate some jobs, as they did in the past. The argument is rising insisting that AI or “artificial intelligence” will eventually annihilate the majority of jobs and industries that we know today.
The concept of some technology replacing certain portions of the workforce is not unproven or new. Before the agricultural revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries, the agricultural sector had been carried out by manual labour. The revolution entirely changed the sector via tools and machinery that was created to make certain processes, tasks more efficient.
It was the transformation of the agricultural industry, the computer and digital revolution over the last twenty years, that replaced other segments of the work population. Blue-collar and white-collar workers alike have essentially lost their jobs to robots, from gas station attendants to bank tellers to travel agents.
For a teacher or student, this can all sound disconcerting. If the goal of education is to provide people with required skills and knowledge for the future workforce, and various industries are dying out, what does that mean for the educational pathways previously filtering into those industries?
The good news is that there is no alarm, especially if you understand which skills won’t get threatened by the future of work. One of the previously cited Pew studies tells that “even as the majority of experts are largely constant in their own predictions for the evolution of technology itself, they are divided on how to advances in AI and robotics and how will it impact the economic and employment picture over the next decade.”
7 things that Robot can’t even compete with human beings as mentioned below:
One thing that makes us truly human is the ability to emote. Robots can be used to perform basic human interactions such as customer service via telephone, but how highly developed they are no matter when they don’t have the innate ability to connect and understand other humans emotionally.
They cannot have a sense of feeling such that they cannot put themselves in another person’s figurative shoes, which is a skill required for tasks such as reading a person’s mind, feelings, emotions, and communicating effectively. Empathy and interpersonal skills are still highly relevant and necessary that require an innate understanding of human emotions. You can imagine a robotic priest bestowing wisdom and guidance to the masses? Or AI trying to calm an animal prior to a surgical procedure? I didn’t think so.
For More Ideas Like how to teach empathy in the classroom, go through this article that we have previously posted.
Possessing a creative mind, innovation and imagination means that you have the ability to create new inventions and ideas that do not exist. Yes, robots are able to recognize and analyze existing data and matter, and at a certain level computers can produce art, music, food, or writing. But that’s not the full story.
“Some of the definable rules, mathematics play a very important role in all these types of creations such as the images, sounds, tastes, and ideas that are conveyed that can’t be reduced to code,” just what Tom Pick of Talent Culture describes. That initial seed of a new idea or concept that hasn’t existed before is unique to humans, particularly people who identify as inventors and innovators.
Even if you aren’t an artist, creativity will still be needed in other jobs that require a high degree of creativity or skill. Perhaps you have a unique way to use words and to be an aspiring published poet. Or maybe you’re in architecture school and have been praised by professors for your original concepts for built environments. Either way, innate human creativity is must, and humans appreciate the unique ideas and abilities presented and required by various forms of “craft.”
Imagine an advanced robot replacing everything like lawyer or judge in legal matters—it’s a bit frightening. Everything in matters of conflict and ethics is not entirely black and white, and a lot of it is affected by and determined with an inborn human sense of right and wrong. Judgement based Logical reasoning only goes so far. The concept of “should” doesn’t exist in as of robot brain.
Conflict resolution and negotiation are especially the must skills that cannot be either replaced and neglected. Yes, some sides in an argument can be factually or legally correct, but there exist many conflicts in which emotion and irrationality are still involved. For example, either side of a legal case may not proceed rationally or may have some hidden motives that won’t be foreseen to others involved. That means that the whole legal field isn’t entirely safe. Paralegals’ work involves searching and gathering data, which is a very rote task in which a robot would do well. So if you’re looking to study law, keep in mind about positions that specifically are more tech-proof in the future.
You observed that while playing a game against the computer, you know that its still a computer but it still gives to the competition. Games are bound by logical rules and outcomes. It’s predictable, and therefore more susceptible to being mastered by a computer.
The future can be estimated to an extent but not entirely predicted. Various jobs require people to navigate unknown outcomes, shifts in priorities, and gaps in information. For example, physicians and surgeons have to priorities and factors when it comes to treating patients. And entrepreneurs know that building a start-up is synonymous with dealing with ambiguity and making decisions based on a host of factors (some of which require empathy and other interpersonal skills, also included on this list.)
- Physical Skill
For centuries, humans have come together to be awed and inspired by athletes and the sheer skill of the human body and mind. Example: an athlete is a career that requires a high level of skill, and the output is well appreciated by others because it’s the result of inspiring and uniquely human ability.
It is like the skill of being highly creative. In the same way, people appreciate the unique talents of poets and artists and appreciate the level of skill required when a human being can hit a successful home run.
- Technological Management
It might seem to be obvious that most of the people are at-risk jobs in the world of technology—if something can become mechanically or automated digitally, most likely a robot will take it over. However, with the increase of technology, human beings tend to go with the ability to create, manage, and fix the technology itself.
- Digital Marketing:
Digital Marketing is a new age marketing tool. Here, numbers of sales will happen with the relationships more than a mechanical way of doing a job. This is the one opportunity youngsters should think of the long-term career plan. Robots never will manage to create a brand value for the organization.
Jobs of the future
We can sense what jobs of the future will look like by just looking at robots’ weaknesses and humans’ strengths.
Robots cannot yet perform complex tasks like negotiation, persuading, and they are not proficient as a human in generating new ideas and at solving problems. This means jobs requiring creativity, social skills and emotional intelligence are unlikely to be filled by robots any time soon. It’s likely our managers, entrepreneurs, nurses, and artists will remain human.
There will always be a need for on-site, human labour and expertise when we deal with machines. Robots eventually need updates and require new parts to remove glitches they have. As we rely more on automation and mechanized systems, we will require more people with technical skills to maintain, update and fix these systems and hardware.
Technology has not only created departments and jobs within companies, but it also created the need for entire businesses and new companies. The demand for technical skills will only increase with an increase in automation: Faulty Parts needs to be fixed by someone when it’s not functioning. Driverless cars still require mechanics.
Experts have identified six industries where employment rates are quite increased because of robots: electronics, automotive, skilled systems, renewable energy, robotics and food, and beverage. Not everyone needs to be an engineer to find jobs created by robots.
We don’t need to be modern Luddites, afraid of losing our work to robots. Rather, we can welcome them, knowing they will make our lives easier, as technology always does, and knowing that by their very existence, they will create new jobs.
We, Saraswati College of Engineering looking forward to a future where robots stimulate job growth and create exciting work we can’t even imagine today.