iven the trajectory that artificial intelligence is on, machines will soon do everything that people do today. In a world of increasingly powerful technology, which in aggregate will make the world a better, richer place but at the micro, personal level will make a lot of skills less relevant and less valuable, it is smart to try to figure out how to “beat the bot”. These are four areas and skills that are “AI-proof” – well, at least for a little while…
According to the job website CareerCast, data science is the toughest job to fill in 2017. That is because all sort of businesses – banks, airlines and manufacturers, not just technology companies – know they need to run their operations based on data (rather than guesswork) and are scrambling to hire the talent.
You do not have to be a maths savant to be a data scientist. The biggest trend this year is the growth of the “citizen” data scientist. Get started by working with software from Tableau or Qlik.
Aaron Levie, chief executive of cloud storage vendor Box, recently said: “If you want a job for the next few years, work in technology. If you want a job for life, work in cybersecurity.”
The battle between “black hats” and “white hats” gets more and more intense each year as the modern-day equivalents of Willie Sutton, a notorious US career bank robber in the 20th century, go where the money is – ie, hacking code.
Keeping 16-year-old Ukrainians and state-sponsored operatives at bay is a task without end. You might not be able to talk about your work but your bank balance will know.
Apple’s design sensibility – beautiful objects, beautiful online and retail experiences – has changed the face of modern business. Now every company and organisation knows it needs to upgrade its customer-facing game to stay in tune with changing demographics and changing times.
Design, once an afterthought when engineers and accountants had done the real work, is front and centre in every critical decision businesses are making. Consequently, design companies are being acquired right, left, and centre by big consulting and technology firms.
If you do not have a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) background, but are more “artsy”, design (of products and services and user interfaces) is one of the surest ways for a non-technologist to thrive in an increasingly technocentric world.
In recent research conducted by the Cognizant Centre for the Future of Work, almost all of the 2,500 leading executives who were interviewed agreed that humans need to be more “strategic” in the face of growing automation. What does that mean?
Rote tasks, which still represent a substantial proportion of most people’s day-to-day work, are morphing into the machine, freeing up time and energy to ask better questions, craft better directions and generate more impactful innovation.
This is happening at the executive level within your organisation – and in the small department where perhaps you work.
The need to elevate the role of human relative to machine is the great challenge and opportunity in front of us all. So there will be plenty of work for strategists to help chief executives and boards understand what their company should do when machines do everything.
And there will be plenty of work for people who can think strategically about the work they do and how to do it as software and robots become more and more intelligent, and more and more useful.
A final thought is that only a third of the survey respondents thought that the rise of artificial intelligence would lead to large-scale reductions in the number of people needed to “do” work, which is the widespread meme in the zeitgeist about artificial intelligence (AI) and robots.
The vast majority believe, as does Cognizant, that unquenchable human ingenuity will continue to find plenty of work for human hands and brains to do to satisfy existing and emerging wants and needs. When machines do everything there will still be plenty for humans to do. You should get on with it.Discover More