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Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days. It’s already snaked its way into countless occupations, and it’s projected to be the most profitable industry in the days to come.
Many parents are concerned that when it comes time for their children to get jobs someday, there will be a shortage of opportunities because AI will be dominating the workforce.
While these fears are totally legitimate, Sara Gonzales has some words of comfort.
“There is a lot of work that is immune, particularly jobs that would come through trade schools … mechanics, physical labor-type jobs,” she says.
“Is AI gonna sell you on something? No, you're gonna need a person-to-person interaction; you're gonna need some human conversation,” she assures.
Further, now that colleges have essentially become “indoctrination centers,” kids “might not necessarily need that education to be able to…learn a trade and do good work and make good money,” says Sara.
We also have to remember that “there's going to be a lot of giant holes in AI.” As with any technology, there will be glitches, bugs, and deficiencies in AI that require humans to step in. Certainly there will be a plethora of careers dedicated to this alone.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not frightening to consider what the world will look like as AI continues to advance.
As an artist, Eric July feels the threat of AI deeply, as art is the “industry [AI] is impacting the most,” he says.
“I don't think as it grows there will be an industry that it doesn't at least touch,” he says, “but that's when … people need to get creative about showing how valuable they actually are.”
“Anything where you are creating something or adding value, you'll be fine,” adds contributor John Doyle.
So there you have it. Is AI going to impact the workforce? Absolutely. Does that mean there will be no job opportunities? Highly unlikely.
The truth is technology can be incredibly efficient and convenient, but it will never equate to the value of a human being. And in a world centered around human beings, the need for human touch will always be necessary.
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