Films and novels that take place in the future often depict robots as useful machines or machines that destroy humans. These stories often occur in an alternate reality or a made-up future instead of here and now. However, technology is bringing robots into the here and now.
Robots are not coming to destroy humans. Instead, they are coming to change how people work. Will artificial intelligence, or AI, take away jobs? Yes, artificial intelligence and robots will take over some jobs that humans typically do. The good news is that they will also bring new ones with them.
Phasing Out Human Manufacturing Jobs
Robots and automation have gradually taken the place of human manufacturing jobs. In fact, humans have lost about 1.7 million manufacturing jobs to artificial intelligence. On the other hand, advanced technology is expected to create around 97 million jobs by the year 2025.
What Types of Jobs are at Risk from AI?
Experts predict that at-risk jobs include:
• Insurance underwriting
• Data entry
• Customer service
AI Will Never Replace Some Jobs
There are jobs that artificial intelligence will never be able to replace. AI will not take the place of those who work in a creative, complex, strategic, or emphatic field. These types of jobs include teachers, lawyers, therapists, writers, and management professionals.
AI may help those who work in these types of fields. For instance, a teacher may eventually use artificial intelligence to measure a student’s progress, attitude, and competence. However, AI can’t replace empathy or social intelligence.
Artificial intelligence has yet to master:
• Intricate planning
• Hand and eye coordination
• Managing spaces that are unstructured
AI’s Impact on the Workplace
Today, companies often use AI to complete repetitive physical tasks. For example, Amazon uses them in warehouses to pack inventory and sort it. Car companies also use it in their manufacturing plants to construct automobiles.
The future of work will be humans and robots collaborating with one another. Instead of being in competition with AI, humans can work with it to create fascinating and intriguing new employment opportunities.
It has already increased demand for machine learning engineers, data scientists, and robotics engineers.
There are positions that are starting to form around the technology. For instance, there is a need for AI instructors, workers who have the skills to support data and molding abilities.
In particular, the healthcare industry will benefit from AI. In the coming years, medical facilities will need more healthcare technicians who are trained to work with AI.
Companies like Google and Uber are investing in AI for self-driving vehicles. Once people become more comfortable with this type of transportation, there will be even more job opportunities for machine learning engineers.
Artificial Intelligence Makes Jobs Better
Artificial intelligence won’t be decreasing the available jobs for humans. Instead, technology will improve how people work by doing tasks that humans aren’t able to do well. For information on how to help your team accept AI, contact me at the Productivity Intelligence Institute.