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Read this or say goodbye to having a job in the future

22 noviembre 2017 12:45
More than 10 years ago, I used to end my conferences about digital community creation with one prediction: “Who ever wants to have a job in the future will have to be digital”, later on this affirmation became a reality , in such a way. Those were the times of Blackberry´s reign along with its BBM. By that time I had left behind a Palm Treo (such good memories) and the iPhone was only starting (nowadays it has ceased to be a first need commodity to became a luxury one).

We can foresee a more dramatic scenario for future executives, thus I will dare to make a more disruptive prediction, adding to the previous statement: “Whoever is not within the digital world could mean being jobless in the future as well as being replaced by a machine”. Using an analogy regarding the old survival methods when we were nomads and hunters, over a hundred thousand years ago, in which surviving meant running faster than the slowest element in the tribe; in the future we will need to have an added value compared to the artificial intelligence device to which we might find ourselves competing against. Smartphones will honour their name and will be smarter than many of their owners (even more than now).

According to the findings of Mckinsey Global Institute, in the forthcoming years, 5% of jobs will be susceptible to become automated. Machine operators and classifiers can be found on the list. The Institute also reaffirms that 30% out of the 60% of occupational productive jobs could be automated, meaning that technicians, assistants, content and technology developers , will be replaced by a machine. A portion of 24% out of the interviewed study group, declared that even though there was a significant cost reduction by implementing artificial intelligence it could also mean an anticipated increment of their working force to respond to the new technologies demand. Moreover, 82% of the companies which are already developing artificial intelligence projects, plan to increase their business consultants, technology developers and data scientists workforce (resulting in a talent crisis on those fields). It seems we will have to undust our scientific method notes to implement them in our jobs.

The World Economic Forum identified 16 basic skills that human beings, wishing to be economically active in the future, must develop.

Solving problem solutions through a mathematical and scientific approach are becoming fundamental. Basic competencies such as a critical and creative approach as well as the development of communicative and collaborative capabilities will allow us to confront the changing digital social environment with curiosity, initiative and leadership. This means we have to adapt or to die.

This is a problem in which millennials and centennials, as a generation, individuals, associations, governments, educational institutions and enterprises, will have to participate and resolve because it means the most important cultural and working transformation for the entire humanity. The digital informational revolution will evolve rapidly into the artificial intelligence revolution. As humanity we are confronted with the reality that after thousands of years of reigning as an species, in the future, we might find ourselves dealing with the fact that we would no longer be the only intelligent beings on earth. We will have to be ready to expel our creation from paradise if it bites our hand.

Javier Murillo Acuña
Founder and Council Chairman of Metrics
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