Artificial intelligence is one of the most talked-about topics in the world. From driverless cars to personal voice assistants to movie streaming recommendations, AI is quickly becoming a part of everyday life.
AI is not only becoming part of your personal life but your workspace as well. Some worry that AI will soon automate their duties at work making their positions obsolete. Some experts even warn that AI technology could take over nearly half of the current jobs over the next decade. What is rarely talk about, however, is all the new jobs that will emerge as AI technology expands.
Transformation of the Workplace
There is no doubt that AI technology has the capability to handle many production tasks faster, more efficiently and more cheaply than standard employees. This technology is expected to affect every spectrum of the workforce, including blue- and white-collar workers. Our belief is that these new technologies will augment the abilities of a new workforce rather than making human’s obsolete.
The truth is that many experts are calming the hysteria around the AI takeover by reminding everyone that AI is not taking over the workforce, but rather transforming it. In fact, some experts predict already that AI will bring in more jobs than the number of jobs that will be lost through automation.
Preparing for Future Jobs
AI may not be the greatest challenge facing the job market in the upcoming years. Instead, a skills shortage may hurt productivity and innovation. More importantly, a skills shortage could prevent workers who lost their job through automation to transition into new positions. This is why it is so important that workers start training now for jobs of the future. The right training can help these workers with great career growth opportunities and help them transition into jobs of the future.
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Jobs of the Future Will Change the World
One of the most exciting factors of AI technology is its potential to tackle some of today’s toughest challenges, such as healthcare treatments, world hunger, lack of clean water, climate change and more. This is great news because today’s workers, especially millennials, want to know they are making a difference in their job. Many of these new AI jobs will help make the world a better place. AI is filtering into several industries, such as:
AI is making great strides in the healthcare industry. This technology allows massive amounts of data to be collected and analyzed accurately and efficiently. This results in the identification of predictive outcomes, better drug development for some of the deadliest diseases like cancer and ALS, and the creation of personalized treatment plans. AI will have the potential to save millions of lives, but there will always be the need for humans behind the scenes. Humans who can program the AI systems, read the results, work with patients and put new plans into action.
AI is helping to protect online accounts and profiles. It is this level of fraud detection that alerts your bank to call you when irregular charges are made on your account, that identifies hackers before they steal your vital online information, and that ultimately keeps your business and personal information safe online. AI technology is really doing what humans could never accomplish without the help of AI and/or ML (machine learning). This new level of data security will require employees who work behind the scene to make sure the AI is running efficiently as well as address issues as they occur.
The United Nations predicts that the world will need to increase food production by 70 percent in order to feed the world into 2050. This may seem like an impossibility, but there is hope that AI technology can help to create options that have yet to be considered. For example, studies show that almost one-half of all the world’s food goes into the trash.
Finding solutions, such as how to decrease crop disease, that reduce food waste can make a big impact on the amount of food available in the world. In addition, AI platforms are working on ways to solve the world’s water problem. With these new innovative ideas will come the need for workers to put these plans into action.
Numerous scientists continue to warn about the dangers of climate change. While some solutions have started to make an impact, AI is helping to carve the way to even more effective climate change solutions. For example, AI can take smart technology one step further and use predictive analytics to help maximize both residential and commercial energy use. Less energy use equates to fewer greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
This is just some of the industries where new AI-focused jobs of the future will have a positive impact on the world around you. While change is coming, it doesn’t mean that jobs will be lost. Rather, jobs will be transformed into other career opportunities. The most important thing is to focus on change and training as a means of being prepared for the future.
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