Tech entrepreneur Robert Deignan, the co-founder and CEO of ATS Digital Services, LLC, says that the general public is very concerned about automation replacing them in their jobs. He says that researchers have looked into how long it will be before automation and artificial intelligence start replacing humans doing a variety of tasks. Depending on the complexity of the task some have already been replaced while others might not be replaced for 120 years or more.
Many people are concerned that automation will replace what they do for a living. Robert Deignan, who has been in the technology sector for over 20 years, says that there are ways to defend yourself from having your job automated, such as developing complex skills that AI won’t be able to do for decades.
So far what automation is really good at is simple, repetitive tasks like screwing bolts into a car. He suggests learning how to incorporate technology into your job to make you more productive and able to focus on higher level tasks rather than fighting against the progress of technology.
It’s jobs that require flexibility in different physical environments, those that require high-level training, and ones that require intuitive decision making that are the safest, Robert Deignan says. He says a study conducted by researchers at Oxford University showed that the occupations least likely to be replaced by AI and automation include among other recreational therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, audiologists, and healthcare social workers.
As most people know, experts in various specialties enjoy making predictions about the future and people in the media love to report these to their readers. The reality is that no one really knows where automation is headed and how quickly. Robert Deignan says there may be nothing to fear at all as the rise of automation will let people focus on what humans are good at compared to what a machine can do. He says the nature of work will likely change but it will likely be that certain job tasks you do will be taken over by automation while other duties you have will expand.