The sooner we come to terms that we can’t compete with machines over high volume, high-frequency tasks, and repetitive jobs, the sooner we can prepare for, wage, and win a guerilla-waged war over disruptive technology that threatens jobs – yours and mine, included. Unlike in the Industrial age where machines took over blue-collar workers performing automated tasks, today’s technology, far advanced than anyone could have ever imagined has exploded to an extent where even white collar jobs are encroached upon.
Already, many niches are feeling the pinch, even as the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet have the supreme faith that humans will prevail. Even though the fictional “Skynet” is still far away, it is an undeniable fact that AI and robots have progressed so much over the last ten years changing the picture of work in the near future. We think nothing of talking to Siri or Alexa, give chatbots privileged information, and allow self-driving cars to bring us safely to our destination. Currently, IBM’s Watson Explorer is equipped with “technology that can think like a human…it can analyze and interpret all data including unstructured text, images, audio, and video.”
The jobs of tomorrow where as much as 45% of current jobs could disappear in the next ten years should be seen in the light of current trends that force corporations to work differently like:
- AI, Big Data, IoT, VR, Collaboration Platforms, Cloud Computing, Machine-Learning, Mobile Teams
- exponential organizations that require less but better-skilled, tech-savvy employees
- changing skillsets like coding, testing, and technical marketing
- globalization and mobility allowing diverse and geographically separated teams to work together in real time
- the rise of start-ups that leverage technology manned by digital natives: the Millennials and
- changing business behavior as far as researching, data-mining, communicating and collaborating are concerned.
“In 1990 GM and Chrysler, brought in $36B in revenue and hired over a million workers. Now the Big Three are Apple, Facebook and Google and they bring in over a Trillion dollars in revenue but they have only 137,000 workers.” — Kim Komando