GemPool is in bed with ‘Sexiest Jobs of the 21st Century’ by Ciarán Williams
The diffusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to significantly influence human life over the next decade, but to what extent will it replace the humans it seeks to help? Humans often look to the future in a linear fashion, perhaps unaware of the exponential change that technology will bring. Here at GemPool, we’ve seen the market edge closer and closer towards a more mature AI focused industry in Ireland, with the potential for exponential growth. The question has arisen as to whether humans and robots can co-exist in our current working environment. Will AI make human labour redundant? If so, what jobs are at risk? Furthermore, what jobs will be created?
AI does have the edge over people for reliability. Robots don’t show up to work late or make mistakes with a lack of attention to detail. However, it cannot match all characteristics of a human. Humans are still required to operate and facilitate the technology that AI brings and subsequently, people with the technical skills to facilitate this technology are in high demand. At GemPool, we have seen this trend across multiple domains such as driverless cars and health care. It is not a surprise that Harvard Business Review label ‘Data Scientists’ as having the ‘Sexiest Job of the 21st Century’.
It must be acknowledged that technically skilled workers need to be complemented by other aids to ensure the commercial success of AI. ‘People buy people’ and therefore well-developed interpersonal and soft skills will remain a key function of the workplace. Occupations involving human interaction such as bartenders or lawyers will not be subject to the same level of automation.
Where does that leave the relationship between humans and AI? Robots and humans can coexist, complementing and facilitating the needs of one another. Labour involving soft skills and human interaction will not be made redundant, although skills and occupations that can be automated are at risk. After the widespread introduction of computing and PC’s decades ago, new jobs were created in IT and businesses benefited commercially through online sales, digital marketing, social media etc. AI will certainly disrupt the world and the job market as we know it, but it will also transform it, creating new and ‘sexier’ opportunities.
Here at GemPool, we’re already seeing these opportunities arriving at our desks. Don’t wait for this transformation, be a part of it.