We live in a digital world and the landscape has changed immensely from that of our parents and even from my generation to yours (now I’m showing my age) and while new jobs are being created every day with the advance of technology we are also losing some age old skills because of automation and the increase of manmade machines that can do those jobs for us and in most cases at a cheaper, quicker rate.
"Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth - but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?” - Robert Kennedy
The jury is out on how we individually feel about the rise of the machine, but the one thing I do know for sure is without the further developments in technology, I wouldn’t have a job right now. As well as writing for you legends, I am also the content creator at General Pants meaning my days are spent creating video content, Instagram stories, blogs and boomerangs. My job didn’t even exist 2 months ago, but in the fashion industry you have to move with the times and so the role of Content Producer came to fruition.
One thing I do know even with machines getting smarter and budgets getting smaller is that there will always be jobs for humans to do, we may streamline the jobs or outsource some of the work to machines for example; have a think the self-scan checkouts at the supermarkets, yes we can scan the items but 9 times out of 10 they tell us there is something incorrect in the bagging area and we need a human to fix that issue so we can continue to scan. . Machines can do more, but there is always more to do. Can a machine (in its software or hardware form) create itself, market itself, sell itself? Deliver itself? Feed itself? Clean itself? Machines are tools, and tools need to be used.... By people.
One of the human races greatest qualities is imagination, empathy and curiosity, thankfully we cannot build this in machines and while they greatly advance our lives they need us more than we need them!
If you are a little technology obsessed and love the thought of the jobs of the future there are so many jobs you could look into, why not try VR or look into doing a technology course at Uni? That way you can work every day in a field you love (before machines take over the world anyway)
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