In the past several decades there has been a tech-wave that has ushered in a virtually new world.
I was born in 1992, back when there was no Google (Alphabet). Now I use Google to search the internet, Gmail to communicate, YouTube for entertainment, and Docs to write articles like this one. Google is everything; it’s even the word people use to define an “internet search.”
Tech has risen and is continuing to rise. Apple and Google are kings and Blockbusters/Borders are paupers.
Startup Grind has written an awesome article
on the top trends in startup investing, spoiler alert: it’s tech, tech, and even more tech.
Basically, there’s no longer a digital economy and a (non-digital) economy because it’s the economy. Even non-technical verticals are embracing tech, or they risk becoming the next Blockbuster or Borders.
When AI can match or surpass humans at games as complex and varied as Jeopardy!, poker and Go, write music
and paint Rembrandts
, it’s natural to question the role humans will play in the future of work.
Short answer: No.
Long answer: the future of work is humans and bots working together to get shit done: colla-bot-rating.
Sorry, that was bad, but that’s what the data says.
Bots are really good at some things, and those tasks can and will be automated. But bots are rubbish at other things.
It’s interesting how everyone quotes Frey and Osborne’s study
, which says 50% of jobs could be automated, while ignoring charts (in the same study), like below.
Bots aren’t replacing human workers at random. They are replacing humans in specific roles, such as telemarketing.
Does this mean all telemarketers might soon be out of a job? Maybe, but it also means a lot more people will become available to do work other than telemarketing. Some may become bot-trainers. Others might become VIP-telemarketers, people who step in when a human touch is needed.
Some may struggle in the future of work. Especially those with poor skills in the areas where humans will be in high demand. But this is a problem that can and should be solved with education and re-skilling programs.
A Deloitte study suggests <5% of occupations can be automated with existing technologies. But for 60% of occupations, 30% of occupation-related activities can be automated.
For most people, the future of work is humans and bots working together, with bots doing tasks they are better at doing and humans doing things humans are better at doing.
And we practice what we preach. Codebots does not replace developers, but instead adds another spot at the roundtable: where developers, designers, captains, and others work together, alongside a codebot or two, to get shit done!