The Age Of Automation

A technological transformation has been happening around the world for a few decades. Automation can potentially benefit us in highly innovative ways (like curing rare diseases, fixing global warming) but large companies have a different motivation for using technology: replacing workers.

The promised innovation and transformation of the businesses is still a pipedream and companies are simply trying to do the work more efficiently with fewer human resources.

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The Age Of Automation Is Now: Here's How To 'Futureproof' Yourself

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The following profiles are safe from A.I. and automation:

  1. Surprising Work: The kind of work that involves complex rules, unexpected variables and changing environments.
  2. Social Jobs: Jobs that involve making people feel things like healthcare workers, nursing therapists, social workers would be safe. It should have a level of emotional connect to qualify as a social job.
  3. Scarce Work: Work involving high-stake situations, a rare combination of skill sets, or super expertise would not be touched by automation/AI. Example: 911 can be easily operated by computers, but that work is still done by people, as one expects to talk to a person to help them with their emergency.

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Just like things weren’t smooth during the industrial revolution, the ongoing AI (Artificial Intelligence) revolution is also breaking a lot of eggs.

AI isn’t just replacing manual labour, but is also rapidly replacing repetitive cognitive labour, which are high-value jobs usually done by people with decent salaries and respectable profiles. The result is that old jobs are disappearing faster than new jobs are being created.

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Algorithms aren’t just for recommendation engines on Youtube but are nowadays used to determine many government and private job vacancies, marketing campaigns, public housing and benefits eligibility.

These algorithms are highly-priced and kept in the vault by companies. They are the new ‘secret recipes’ and no one knows how they work, as they don't have any accountability.

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Throughout history, man has been programmed at school or in college to become more like a machine, in order to work efficiently. We are teaching our kids to learn computer science, to do engineering, to become productive, or to optimize their lives in the most efficient manner. It is almost as if we are being programmed to be like an android.

We should have been teaching them to be more humans, not machines.

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What Automation Means For Us?

Automation could lead to tremendous scientific breakthroughs. It could help us cure rare diseases. It could help us fix the climate crisis, and much more. 

But many companies are using automation to replace workers without transforming their companies, or developing new products. They're not trying to innovate and transform their businesses but just do the same amount of work with fewer people. 

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The Age Of Automation Is Now: Here's How To 'Futureproof' Yourself

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  • Today, AI(Artificial Intelligence) can diagnose disease, translate languages, provide useful customer services, and drive a car for us.
  • Many companies use AI for automation, but to do that to displace human employees can backfire in the long run.

In extensive research involving fifteen hundred organizations, it is found that companies with the most significant improvements are those which join humans and machines to work in sync.

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How Humans and AI Are Working Together in 1,500 Companies

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Neuroevolution

Neuroevolution is a form of artificial intelligence. It is a meta-algorithm, an algorithm for designing algorithms. It adopts the principles of biological evolution in order to design smarter algorithms. Eventually, the algorithms get pretty good at their job.

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Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence | Quanta Magazine

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