Artificial intelligence and its impact on the transformation of labour markets has been doing rounds since quite some time now. Artificial intelligence has the potential to make many jobs obsolete. In this era of technological advancements, where innovations in technology are specifically directed towards reshaping the nature of work, employment seems to be in a continual process of creative reconstruction.
It is actually worth placing Artificial Intelligence in context. In a span of three decades, between a quarter and a third of jobs that were not even known to mankind, have come into existence with some becoming mainstream occupations with employment base exceeding millions across the world!
Interestingly, the advent of AI had a detrimental impact on the employment sector as well, with many occupations been rendered obsolete as the digital economy took over the analogue one, and as internet proliferated, it transformed both, the world of work and everyday living. Thus, it is safe to comment that new technology is both a job destroyer and a job creator.
One question that is brimming the mind of many millennials and post-millennials, who have started their work life, or are planning to get started – how can they future proof their jobs?
It is impossible to ‘future proof’ jobs, as we cannot protect them from the application of new technology. Organisations are always on the lookout for better productivity within their premises, and the use of technology surely makes them more competitive. Therefore, the use of technology, not only Artificial Intelligence in general, will transform, destroy and replace tasks and occupations.
Does it mean that not even a single job is future proof?
In this technological tempest, jobs that require sophisticated social skills along with a mandate to operate and innovate with technology can be deemed ‘future proof’ to a certain extent. However, with artificial intelligence receiving the ‘human touch’, it will not be long from now that you will be consulting a robot for your personal dilemmas instead of a professional counsellor.
With more and more industries recognise the benefits of technology and AI, the more vulnerable labour market becomes. It is worth a wait to witness the complete transition to everything automatic.