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How IoT will change the job market

Sharon Florentine | May 25, 2016
Hard skills like circuit design and security will be critical, but there are other, less tangible ways IoT will affect the demand for tech workers.

The human factor

There's another, more human way the IoT will affect the job market that's not often addressed, says Noteboom. With so many connected, communicative devices that could potentially have the ability to take on arduous, repetitive tasks and "drudge work," the IoT could open up new avenues of creativity and collaboration, he says.

"The IoT has the potential to change the human experience the same way the assembly line and the Industrial revolution did. It changes the human-machine relationship in similar ways; machines will soon be able to do repetitive tasks driven by their past experiences," he says. That means more time and energy for solving problems by creating technology that can address pollution, save energy, using biotechnology to create new ways to grow crops or generate electrical power through the use of technology, he says.

"If you can use IoT in a data center, for instance, to figure out optimal cooling levels and regulate power consumption, you can help companies save energy without having as many personnel involved. IoT can help reduce the amount of repetitive work, and that will free up people to do more learning, exploring and creating new ideas, new knowledge. Instead of focusing on the accumulation of learning things, we can focus on creating new things that will help our fellow humans," Noteboom says


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