As noted by ImpactLab.net, Pew Research questioned 1,896 experts about whether artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robots will have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025. Fifty-two percent think more jobs will be created, 48% think more jobs will be displaced. So, its up for grabs as to who is right.
Note that if history repeats itself, technology has always been a job creator – not a job destroyer. However, the type of jobs, the skills required, and even entire industries will certainly go through massive change as part of the transition. As Vint Cerf, vice president for Google stated, “Historically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.”
The experts DO agree that the educational system needs to do a better job of preparing the next generation of workers. Universal Robotics, with 80% of the team having Masters or PhD’s, is a big believer in education. Whether mentoring the robotics team at Nashville’s Stratford High School or cheering on the robotics team efforts by physics teacher Kara Quinlan at High Tech High School in Chula Vista, Universal wants to prepare the next generation of technology-centric workers for success.
Also, the experts agree that the concept of what constitutes “work” will change. Transition requires all of us to be resilient, whether it’s a mechanic changing skills from repairing a carburetor (I date myself here 🙂 ) to running diagnostics of the ECU, or for myself starting in mechanical design and moving to software.