There are many advancements and developments taking place at a rapid pace, and people are starting to worry about their future and their children’s future. Because of such advancement, there are assumptions that some jobs will be lost and some new ones will be replaced. While we have nothing to worry about because the change will not be in a day, it is important to be ready. This changing of the job will never stop, and it has been happening since time immemorial, with new development there will always be a need to have a new person or new career to look after it. But there are some jobs that will remain even in the next twenty years, these jobs are essential and will stay with us with no or little change for some time.
There was a prediction that modern technology would increase prosperity and ease the working population’s tasks, but in reality, the workload remained the same if not more. However, some of the work will disappear slowly, especially those with some routine, repetitive, and predictable, for example, telemarketing, which is highly routine work.
Anything to do with creativity will be hard to get old, like being an artist or a scientist or even developing a new business strategy. For now, humans are the only one who is best at creativity, original ideas will be difficult to imitate, but who knows when the technology will take over that as well.
The other area could be where you are required to build a good relationship with the client—a business role, for instance, where they always need to have a close network with the clients. Technology can not do such things. They can analyze, work with data, target audience, and know more about the client than the businessman, but building a relationship takes trust and good communication. Other jobs that will remain even after two decades are the ones that are highly unpredictable and are needed during emergencies like doctors and firefighter, which can not be done by robots or technology.
Most jobs that need algorithmic calculation and formulaic are taken over by robots and artificial intelligence, such as Data research and analysis work, Assembly-line and factory career, Phone operators, Accountants, telemarketers, receptionists, etc.
Anything that has to do with empathy and expressing feelings cannot be taken away by technology. A machine or modern technology can learn to fake this ability or be programmed in such a way, but this would violate trust.
As humans, we like being acknowledged by another human being. It makes us feel appreciated. It helps us know ourselves, come out of our own shell, and push us to perform our very best and reaching our potential. To us, it really doesn’t matter how much a machine may look or behave human-like. We are already aware that it can not empathize with us, listen to our problems, give genuine compliments, see us for who we are. We might end up feeling alone.
We can design machines that look after people, like support bots that are designed to take care of the elderly. But it is not possible to design a machine that makes a person feel genuinely cared for, assuming that the person requires some sense of empathy and acknowledgment. A machine can be programmed to fake compassion, acknowledgment, and care, but this will not be a genuine gesture.
Humans’ ability to think critically about life and society is the gateway to human adulthood. A machine can never think of philosophical things that humans tend to do very naturally. This has nothing to do with how complex the task is, but since machines lack an empathetic nature, they can’t be philosophical. Empathy is only programmed to produce emotionally and intuitively-resonant insights relevant to human beings.
Machines are reliable when it comes to storing data and information. You might trust the machine to do its job, but it is hard to rely on the machine itself. It is impossible to trust something that is incapable of empathizing with you, who is incapable of even acknowledging you as a person, who can not make you feel genuinely cared for, and incapable of thinking critically about your life and society. You can not begin to trust the machine and start sharing your trobles.
Machines are capable of creating stunning images through pattern recognition and algorithmic design. But a machine can not create art because art requires reflection on life, certain perception, insight into life. It involves a set of uniquely human responses to life. What machines make is not art but a replicate of art that is programmed in their system.
While we may make certain assumptions depending on how things are right now, it is tough to predict because anything may happen in the next ten years. A scientist may make a technology that replicates all human ways and even start behaving like humans. Creativity is done only by humans, but it may also be replaced by modern technology in some years.