Automation and Robots
Automation and robots will sabotage your career!
If you do not think so, you must be smoking something and you are inhaling!
I know, I know, your job cannot be automated. Your skills could never be replicated by a robot. Well…. I am going to give you some examples that should scare you to take some action.
Journalism is already being affected by automation and robots.
Check out the article from Wired called What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism.
The author opens the article with the following:
WHEN REPUBLICAN STEVE King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa’s 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering both the win and the wider electoral trend. “Republicans retained control of the House and lost only a handful of seats from their commanding majority,” the article read, “a stunning reversal of fortune after many GOP leaders feared double-digit losses.” The dispatch came with the clarity and verve for which Post reporters are known, with one key difference: It was generated by Heliograf, a bot that made its debut on the Post’s website last year and marked the most sophisticated use of artificial intelligence in journalism to date.
I am also pretty sure that when the San Antonio Spurs lost the 4th game and the playoff series to the Golden State Warriors, that the article that appeared within 15 minutes after the game on the ESPN app was created by a bot.
Okay, any type of writing that is based on data can be replaced with automation and robots.
Creative writing is immune from this onslaught… right?
Think twice about that! Check out the article Will Robots That Can Write Steal Your Creative Job?
The author of that article writes:
So, could the machines eventually begin to analyze popular fiction and start to come up with all new narratives that fit our tastes? Indeed, to ever more narrow tastes? We have already seen greater individuation in fiction as the e-book market has made shelf space infinite. Before e-books took off, novels about werewolves were already a healthy little Fantasy and Science Fiction sub-genre. Since e-books, though, billionaire werewolf romance novels are now a thing.
Anything that can be analyzed will be analyzed and then replicated by automation and robots.
Automation and robots will have an incredible impact on medical professions.
The smartphone is already having an impact. The iPhone in your pocket is more powerful than the mainframe computer I programmed 20 years ago. If a doctor wants an EKG you can record it on your smartphone app.
All of your medical data will be digitized including X-ray images, CT scan, MRI, …
The Economist Special Report, Automation and anxiety, discusses the impact on medicine which the topic of deep learning using products will have. There is a product from Enlitic that can outperform doctors in reading diagnostic images. It is not just that the images are sent to places like India or China to be evaluated by doctors who are paid less, but automation and robots replacing doctors.
Jobs are being eliminated in retail at an alarming rate.
- Large retail chains like Sears which has shed brands like Craftsman and Land’s End to survive.
- Many specialty chains are failing like Tailored Brands (TLRD) which may not be known to consumers, but several of its brands are known, such as Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Banks.
As the fight for 15 movement grows to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, one of the unintended consequences will be the implementation of automation and robots. I am already seeing fast food chains rolling out mobile apps and kiosks where you can order your food and never have to speak to a person.
I am a LinkedIn Profinder member and I am seeing lots of requests from career middle managers in the retail segment looking for assistance in getting out of the industry.
Amazon and its competitors will completely disrupt the retail industry. This is not just people on the floor selling but also careers in the back office like accounting, human resources, supply chain, and more.
Is Your Career Immune to Automation and Robots?
In a recent article in Recode, The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies, the author states:
Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the U.S. may be vulnerable to replacement by robots in the next fifteen years, according to a new study by the research firm PwC.
Hopefully, I have demonstrated to you that professions that one would have thought would be immune to automation and robots are at risk. Similarly, if the industry where you are working is at risk, you must be on the look out.
If you think you are safe from automation and robots sabotaging your career, you must be smoking something and you are inhaling.Marc Miller
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