After AI and Robotics, What is Left of Human Work?
With automated algorithms taking on so many tasks in offices and factories alike, it’s natural for employees to ask what will be left for people to do within the next decade. The answer, thankfully, is that there are some tasks that human beings are uniquely well suited to, and this will continue to be the case. The Harvard Business Review made the case that creative tasks such as objective-setting and common-sense thinking will remain relevant, and human, for the foreseeable future. (Pistrui, Jan. 18)
Vital new roles are opening up as automation and artificial intelligence become more prominent. People will have to operate and oversee the new systems. Instead of creating a new office staff of decision-making robots, automation will grant new capabilities to people with the right kind of experience and directives from management.
Moving people into highly skilled roles is one valuable and likely step in workplaces that have embraced automated systems. These are the strategic jobs that can’t be easily taken by robots. When ATMs became a common way to perform financial transactions, banks found new, value-adding roles for employees no longer tied up with busy work as tellers.
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