AI is After Your Job

Technology is coming and the fallout from such will be nasty, especially for the millennials according to Adzuna, recruitment specialist. 

One of the most disruptive forces in the modern workplace will be automation and artificial intelligence according to the online job aggregator. If the predictions from across the world are correct then up to 37% of millennials will be at risk of losing their jobs to automation. 

Those from the generation before are now employed generally within leadership and managerial roles and jobs that require complex problem solving, which makes them in less danger than their younger counterparts according to Scott Dobroski from Glassdoor. 

The ones that are more likely to suffer and to be replaced sooner are the millennials as they do not possess as many job skills and are in simpler positions that AI will be able to take over.

The jobs that automation and AI will take over are not necessarily just the ones that come to mind first like drivers. They will be across all sectors because almost every company in the world relies on some sort of technology according to Jesse Green, country manager for Adzuna South Africa. 

Almost every company on earth will have an online presence or an app, which means that everyone is put at risk. 

Jobs that involve strategy, data science and critical thinking are unlikely to be replaced compared to repetitive white-collar jobs. This then means that doctors, nurses, financial planners, software engineers and data scientists are relatively safe for now. 

Even though automation may not take over these roles, it will still affect them according to Green. AI and automation will rather make these jobs more efficient and effective. We are still far away from having a robot analyse an injury and fixing it right then and there. 

Green went on to cite an article from the Harvard Business Review and said that organisational structures used today will be reshaped by AI. The authors of the article, Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau said that the human aspect that is present in the workforce after the Fourth Industrial Revolution comes won’t be sourced through employment.  Jobs within organisations will become a thing of the past and will rather be outsourced by measure of units. 

An AI expert and venture capitalist, Kai Fu Lee recently said in an interview with CBS News that it’s possible for up to 40% of jobs across the globe being replaced by computers or robots. 

Names like Elon Musk have been warning about the power of AI for quite a while and saying that could disproportionately affect low income workers. 

The fact is that AI is on the rise and it can’t be stopped and neither can the impact it will have on society. AI can be seen in the same way as electricity and the steam engine. This is because before these systems worked, people laughed at the inventors, until the reality of such things were in effect across the world. 

Change will always affect humans, but we struggle through and get on with things. The issue though with AI is that it will hit us a lot sooner and harder than other innovations did.

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