Wednesday, September 13, 2023

AI Won’t Take Your Job; I Might

Are you afraid of losing your job to automation and artificial intelligence? I get it. We often hear headlines proclaiming that AI will replace human workers across various industries. There is no denying that AI is reshaping the job market and we can’t predict where it will lead, but it's essential to understand a crucial distinction: AI won't take your job; someone who understands AI will take your job.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a disruptive shift in work. Calculations used to be done on paper in a room full of people with a slide rule. It’s one of my favorite scenes from the movie Apollo 13 when the computers double-check the match. People who used to do math by hand were replaced by people who could use technology to do it. People who used to manage finances in big notepads were replaced by people who could use spreadsheets. History has historically shown us a short-term disruption, followed by increased prosperity. AI is going to be the same.
Artificial intelligence and automation have made significant strides in recent years, automating routine tasks, optimizing processes, and augmenting human decision-making. Industries like manufacturing, customer service, finance, and healthcare have all witnessed the transformative power of AI. From self-checkout kiosks at grocery stores to chatbots providing customer support, AI has become an integral part of our daily lives.
AI is not the adversary of human workers; it's their ally. The most successful organizations recognize that AI and human intelligence are complementary forces. AI can handle repetitive and data-intensive tasks with speed and precision, allowing humans to focus on tasks that require creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and complex problem-solving.
While AI augments human capabilities, it also creates a growing demand for individuals who understand AI. In a job market increasingly influenced by AI technologies, those who possess AI literacy are better positioned for career growth and job security.
AI is not a threat to your job; rather, it's an opportunity. By developing AI literacy, you position yourself as a valuable asset in the job market, capable of harnessing AI's potential to drive innovation and solve complex problems. AI will undoubtedly continue to shape the workforce but remember: AI won't take your job, someone who understands AI will take your job. Embrace the opportunity to learn, adapt, and thrive in the age of artificial intelligence.
We may eventually get to a point where technology and automation can do so much that there is less work to go around. When that happens, we should be living in an incredibly prosperous world capable of taking care of everyone. I want to live in a country so prosperous and supportive of its citizens that we can celebrate rising unemployment.