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The future of jobs in a machine world

Matthew Griffin | March 17, 2016
Between 30 percent and 50 percent of today's jobs will be automated by machines over the next 20 to 30 years, so which jobs are the safest?

It’s going to be a cold cold world - full of wise cracking artistic Chiropractors… Urgh.

Entrepreneurship on the rise

If you’ve read that list and you’re down in the mouth then there’s still hope. Today it’s easier than ever before to create your own business and the power is shifting from the corporations to the individual.

Over the past five years there has been a tenfold increase in the number of registered start ups from 10 million to over 100 million and technology has acted as a force multiplier for Entrepreneurs helping give them faster, simpler access to funding, expertise, resources, advanced software and hardware prototyping technologies and mass markets.

Consider the tale of Brian Acton. He spent $200 building an app, spent $0 on marketing, scaled it via the social networks and sold it for $19 Billion. Yes WhatsApp’s great but there are another 218 Brian Actons – forty times more than at any other point in Human history who’ve created multi billion dollar companies from next to nothing in just a few years and those companies have created over $1.5 Trillion in new value and turned established industries on their heads.

Someone Uber me a cab!

Future Human

If however Entrepreneurship isn’t for you and you think the future will look increasingly bleak then consider this. Do you really think that in the next 50 to 100 years you will only remain “Human”? During the course of this Century, as we all head towards an event called the “Singularity” we are going to be challenged to revise our definition of what it is to be Human.

Today we access information via our smart devices but in the future we will use Brain to Computer interfaces to plug directly into the web. At the same time new Genetic technologies like CRISPR, a technology that is so powerful it’s described as “God Like” will help us re-write our own genetic code and enhance our own natural capabilities.

Machines might be scary but Human Machine hybrids of the future will be scarier and let’s stay away from the term “Cyborg” it’s too 1980’s...

Conclusion

If you think the machines will inevitably win the race for jobs then you’re only looking at the short term but whatever happens the last thing you should do, in this age of individual empowerment is roll over and accept the inevitable.

 

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