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How Smart Systems Could Create Better Jobs

One thing about artificial intelligence implementation is that it raises the issue of what the future holds for human jobs. Will it leave more and more struggling for work or will it revolutionize opportunities for humans by creating jobs that have not yet been imagined?

There are camps on both sides of this argument. Some believe that advances in artificial intelligence will continue to take jobs from people. There are others that think that we will work in tandem with AI advances to create a better, more automated landscape.

Which Jobs Fit the AI Mold?

There are definitely jobs that seem to be more susceptible to automation. These include clerk, store cashier, paralegal, telemarketer, waiter, cook, receptionist, security guard, bank teller, tax preparer, data analyst, and truck driver, among others.

This is because these are jobs that require repetitive tasks in a structured setting. Think back to the changes in the auto industry as an example of jobs implementing more automation. This move towards automation is because newer machines are coming equipped with mobility, vision, and the ability to learn.

How Many Jobs Are at Stake?

There is an estimate that as many as 120 million workers across the world’s 12 largest economies will need to be retrained within the next three years due to AI and automation. This includes roughly 36 million Americans who hold jobs with “high exposure” to eventual automation.

A lot can change because of new technologies that exist but aren’t quite ready for everyday implementation. This includes self-driving vehicles, which are only beginning to gain traction in the United States.

Job Creation From Automation

Again, automation is not all about taking away jobs. There are plenty that could be created as a result of AI and automation. Mobile app designers and social media specialists are positions that continue to grow because of the advent of smartphones.

Think about a time when “YouTube influencer” was not yet a thing. Positions such as machine-learning specialist, digital transformation specialist, and human-machine interaction designer are just a few positions that could see substantial growth.


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