New technologies are emerging and showing up in our everyday lives at a rapid rate. Many of us recognize robotic automation as an inevitably disruptive force. Robots haven been used in the work place for many years and the reality is their skills are expanding, they are more productive, faster and often times better performing then their human counterparts. According to a recent study, as many as 47% of all jobs in the work place are at risk of "computerization."
Research suggest information intensive tasks will be automated swiftly but this does not mean if you a doctor, lawyer, architect, reporter, or even a programmer you are safe. So what can you do to prepare for a future where you have to compete against self-driving vehicles, semi-autonomous robots, intelligent algorithms and predictive analytic tools? Here's some skills that will help you in your future career.
Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solutions in a way that a computer - human or machine can effectively carry out. It refers to the ability of translating vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and understanding data-based reasoning, problem solving, analysing the validity of solutions and spotting patterns in data.
All these skills are essential to the work place and can be applied to pretty much any sector. What this means is; as an individual or employee you should be able to render solutions that can be carried out by both human and machine. Thinking in this fashion will keep your job secure.
Digital literacy is the ability to use digital technology to locate, review, utilize and create new information. Digital literacy = digital tool knowledge + critical thinking + social engagement. Becoming literate in how the technical world works is equivalent to reading, writing and math.
Remember there was a time when job candidates were encouraged to list "proficient in Microsoft Word" on their resume. Now those kind of skills are considered 'standard.' So one must be and remain tech-savvy, from white collar to blue-collar employees. Being knowledgeable in this regard will enhance, enrich and augment your life in line with new technologies being rolled out in your work place in future.
Collaborate with the machine
If humans are to compete with machines in any meaningful way, they will have to become part machine themselves. In this way, humans are not in competition with machines, but working in conjunction with them. What this means is; we are not in a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. We must 'work with them' instead of being scared of 'them'.
Look at it this way; machines will do jobs we never imagined even needed to be done and they will help us discover new jobs for ourselves. See it as them helping us!
In the future you'll be paid based on how well you work with robots so it's best you understand how they function and think. Worrying about them taking your job is unnecessary, your worry must be invested in learning new skills and in keeping abreast with these changes so you are not completely eliminated. They'll always be tasks that robots cannot complete and only humans can and vice versa.
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