Which Jobs Will Suffer The Most Because Of Advancement In Artificial Intelligence?


Is AI taking our jobs? Yes! 
Is that a thing to fear? No!

During the Industrial Revolution, Luddites rose up against machines and industries fearing that the people will be left jobless but the plot twist was they employed more people than ever before. So, the thing that needs your concentration here is that “jobs were transformed not eliminated!”

As we mentioned earlier in one of our posts, we should think in terms of nouns and not verbs. Jobs will only be digitally transformed but those people, who refuse to keep themselves up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies will ultimately be left jobless. With all the fuss around about the approaching joblessness, you need to see two things:
  • Is your job at threat?
  • If yes, what you have to do about it?
  • How you have to transform it?
This article will shed some light on some of those professions and how you can digitally transform your career to survive in the upcoming competitive environment.

Which jobs are at loss?

Check out the following Infographic:

Infographic: InfoDesk

By taking a close look at the direction of advancement of AI and the tools, software, and robots already developed, we can easily infer that the jobs at immediate or most risks fall into two categories:
  • Jobs that demand more physical exertion as developers’ inclination is mostly towards ease of people.
  • Jobs that don't require much training, which are and can be automated by relatively simpler AI.
The infographic above mentions almost the same kind of jobs. The ones that require more training and human interaction due to humans’ emotional needs need a lifetime to be automated. To give some example of automation, we can start with something as simple as cooking your breakfast in the morning using the Internet of Things combined with your kitchen appliances to something as advanced as space travel using AI-guided spaceships. The transformation can easily be this much disruptive given the research funding in this field.



Now let’s look at the details of some of the professions which are at risk:

Driving:

Self-driving cars. Need I say more?

Self-driving cars are coming quicker than we thought, taxi drivers should foremost really think of transformation. Fleets of autonomous vehicles owned by companies like Uber, Lyft, Waymo, and others will have an enormous impact on professional taxi drivers, while autonomous trucks will mean the same thing for long-distance drivers.

Based on the response to self-driving cars in some major U.S cities, cab drivers may be able to resist the threat of self-driving cars for a short time, but it is not more than a decade that humans will no longer have a driving license. Because the things exist, the only thing left is acceptance.

Chefs, Waiters, and Couriers :

Considering that they need cooling fans at the best of times, working in a hot kitchen sounds like a terrible idea for a computer. But AI is always ready to surprise us. One example of a chef robot was created using IBM’s Watson technology. Called Chef Watson, it’s able to generate entirely new recipes from scratch using an astonishing knowledge of taste chemistry and flavor pairings.

Table delivery robots are also being used in some restaurants (not to mention couriers) and robots are there which can cook food faster than humans. As evident, this profession also needs to do the written or pre-defined tasks and that’s why easy to automate. Be prepared for a robotic voice calling “meal is ready” for your next dinner!

Common Office jobs:

Call center workers, Data Entry jobs, Insurance underwriter, tax preparer, telemarketing, customer service and the jobs alike are not far from being automated. Chatbots are getting smarter than we can imagine.

Samantha West, as she tells her name, is a robot telemarketer who denies she is a robot. Several reports have confirmed that she is a robot despite the pitch of the voice and humanely laugh. These jobs don’t require that much training and are easier to be automated, for a lot of telemarketers and phone-based customer service assistants are often speaking according to a script and other tasks mentioned here also follow a routine.

The problem faced now is people’s hesitation to interact with a robot but that will soon be gone. The point is these services are also on the verge of being automated, despite how much you hate it.

Manual labor:

Whether it’s bricklaying on construction sites, working in warehouses, cleaning or picking fruit and vegetables on a farm, there’s no doubt that a large number of manual labor jobs that once required humans can now be carried out by robots. The advantage of these robots is their ability to work nonstop without getting tired.



SAM (Semi-Automated Mason), Roomba and warehouse robots, iRobot vacuum cleaners and fruit picking robots indicate that these jobs are gone in probably a decade. Although these robots are in testing phases, for now, AI is advancing at a fast pace and humans should be ready for giving up labor, as if someone likes it that much!

Law and Journalism:

Hiring a lawyer is also expensive and a substantial portion of what lawyers do on a daily basis turns out to be a lot more routinized than some in the profession would have you believe. While genuinely bespoke legal work still requires humans, AI can help perform tasks ranging from legal discovery to creating contracts. They can even argue parking fines and handle divorce proceedings.

Journalism is also not far from clutches of AI, whether it’s using bots to generate sports reports and other news articles or attempts to use AI for more in-depth investigative journalism. This also speaks for the professions similar to these two, like financial analysts, that most often require research work. However, this profession is not going to be fully automated until the next 10 decades but bots will surely be helping a lot in near future.

Healthcare and Medics:

Artificial Intelligence in medicine has the power to provide more accurate and efficient healthcare for patients. Whether it’s algorithms which can make diagnosis about disease, computers being used to make recommendations about the best cancer treatment, AI pharmacists, wearable devices that can help treat physical disorders, or even robots carrying out surgery, there’s no doubt that cutting-edge technology will have a big impact on a range of medical professions.

But according to experts, this profession has a long way to go before being fully automated. Right now, AI robots are only ready to be medical assistants.

So there’s no hope?

All of the jobs we’ve mentioned are going to get more automated, but right now humans still have an advantage over robots when it comes to dexterity. Bricklaying robots can lay bricks but require humans to do the grouting. Diagnosis and even surgery could one day be managed by machine, but the immediate future technology will augment human physicians and health care workers, not replace them. Similarly, you could conceivably use robots to churn out identical dishes in greater quantities than you yourself could cook. As with a lot of areas, humans who are ready to take advantage of the technology stand to benefit.

How to transform your job?

It's time we humans stop resisting technology and start thinking about how to use it to make our job easier? Following is an age of research, long gone are the days when you would simply learn a thing and do it till your last breath to earn money. The world is moving towards innovation, and so should you.

We are not suggesting that you just leave your job and start learning and researching but try to adopt technology in your profession, for your help. These are not the days when there is “a man for fixing everything”, now it is the era of “there’s a machine for that” and you should make use of that

The only way to transform your profession and be relevant in a fast pace world is to have an outlook of doing bigger than what you are doing right now. Think of the day when machines will be doing your current job and you will be supervising them and expanding your job to your business.

That is for transforming your job, what we have to do for future generations needs a complete change of our education system. We can’t have them reading, writing and doing simple mathematics until secondary education. We ought to have a complete research-based system and have them learning a combination of the profession they like and computer science. So, if your job is already automated, why don’t you think of ideas and make a reformed system of education? See there’s hope! You just need to have an open mind to things and the future is yours!

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