Lately I have been exploring the topic of Artificial Intelligence, just trying to understand how it’s going to affect our jobs and our society in the future.
A research by McKinsey says that “Currently demonstrated technologies could automate 45% of the activities people are paid to perfom”.
That means that despite the already steady inflation of the skills demanded by the job market, things are gonna change again very soon.
The World Economic Forum’s report on the future of jobs states that “by 2020, one third of the jobs will require skills that are not considered crucial to the job market today.”
Both McKinsey and the World Economic Forum claim that the skills required the most will be mostly social skills such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others, but also managing people, decision making, planning and creative work.
Now, nobody really knows when this Artificial Intelligence revolution is really going to happen. But for sure most of us are underestimating the scope of the change that is coming our way.
This is a graph from the blog Wait But Why that shows how things seem pretty normal right now, how we don’t really see a huge change coming..
..but this is how it’s going to feel like when Artificial Intelligence is gonna take over.
Pretty fucking intense.
Computers and robots might not look very smart right now, but the computing power of the machines doubles every 18 months. Starting from 1940, when the first programmable computer was invented, you see very little progress for a long time until they suddenly have the same power as the human brain. And that would be around 2025.
Artificial intelligence is around the corner.
Many big thinkers such as Peter Diamandis believe that A.I. it’s gonna be a great opportunity for us. Political blogger Kevin Drum agrees that A.I. will actually make our lives easier, but first we will have to face a vast economic upheaval.
Such as massive unemployment.
Elon Musk is on the same page:
Whatever the future is going to be like, what is required from us to do, to cope with the inevitable change, is a shift of mindset.
We have grown up in a system that taught us to have a fixed mindset.
Instead of being constantly evolving and growing as individuals, in an ever changing society (growth mindset) we try to define and preserve our reality as much as possible. We get defensive about it, we try to avoid challenges and we try to resist any kind change (fixed mindset).
But change is gonna happen whether we like it or not.
Having a fixed mindset in the world of the future is gonna feel like this:
YES, the guy on the right that needs to be taken care of.
Not really appealing.
We better start watch less Netflix and start to become more comfortable with change in our lives on a daily basis.
Exciting times ahead, my friend. Exciting times.