Will machines steal your job? Probably, if you’re not ready.

What will happen 20,30,100 years from now? One can only speculate right?

So let’s do it:

How much will machines be able to replace mankind to take care of business?

It is already clear that it is simple to program machines and software for repetitive tasks, but what will happen when complex machine learning will be available to the masses? It looks like who works repetitive tasks is not the only one who should be worried about their future.

Will a machine be able to give you solid legal advise? YES. Can it be a really good at it? YES again. In some cases it could be even better that a person for that. Why you ask? Because we are humans, and make mistakes. A carefully programmed machine doesn’t–OK it is programmed by humans but think about after 100 years of reiterations and bug fixes, and still supervised by a human, in this case a very good lawyer.

Yeah right, a machine better than a person?

Ok let me explain: a research on 7 prodigy children ( here the source and here a short summary )– brought to the discovery that the most important feature that all of them had was working memory, meaning the ability to store, classify, remember and manipulating information, to use it at the right time.

Now you tell me, what’s easier for a computer than storing, indexing and manipulating information?

A computer can learn in 30 minutes what we learn in 5 years, and use it right away.

Also a computer’s judgment is not clouded. It only acts based on data.

Which will be the professions at risk?

The once I see mostly at risk in the “near” future are all the professions that require simply acting by following a set of rules, learning historical data and manipulating them.

So, will the only profession left be just engineering?

No. Not for at least another 400-500 years. Let’s take an industry for instance, to continue with my previous example: lawyers.

You are always going to need an actual lawyer at a certain point in time. So who will be the ones that will stay afloat? You guessed it, the ones who partner with engineers to create automated services as an extension of their knowledge.

Imagine an app, that can have the knowledge of the 10 best lawyers in the world, and put it to use easily (provided a great processing power is in place).

This means that one law firm could help millions of people at the same time.

The good lawyers work will only be to:
  • Make sure the app is up to date with their knowledge
  • supervise it
  • Be there for their clients when they need actual humans.

If you really think about the possible developments I would not exclude that trivial litigations could be resolved online through the battle between 2 processors. The fastest processor, with more data, will win.

Ok, to be fair and talk about my field too:

Will creative jobs be at risk?

In certain instances where creativity does not require to know a craft, it could be possible. If the process does not require creating something new, but only about manipulating info and data, a machine can do it. The “only” problem is that nothing new would come out. Probably ads will work “OK” because they would know exactly what people want. But the first creations, the groundbreaking innovations coming out of passion, those will still be brought by the mankind, at least for another gazillion years.

How to survive the future?

Start by creating an app, create systems that can serve millions of people, try to automate as much as you can as an extention of your knowledge.

If you still don’t have a clear path or industry, consider engineering. It will take much longer, for machines to start programming themselves.

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