There is an increased and great interest from companies for AI. But how does the new technology affect your job? Check the list of professions in the danger zone.
“The time has come for everyone – governments, industry and ordinary people – to consider how AI will affect our future.” So did UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of a global summit called “AI for Good” in Geneva this summer.
But what is artificial intelligence, AI?
Maybe you think directly about human-like robots cleaning your home? Or on Bladerunner? Or with fear of a future where the robots have taken over everything? It’s not that dramatic yet. By now, most people have already come across so-called chatbots and virtual assistants of various kinds.
Facebook has Messenger, Google has Google Assistant and Apple has Siri. The virtual assistants order taxis and book both trips and hotels. All this is relatively easy to understand, but behind the scenes, a lot happens that are not as obvious.
The digitalization that is currently underway is driven by data being analyzed. Based on the analyzes, processes and business models change. But the human data analysts are not enough, so a lot of the analysis has to be automated. Then machine learning and AI are required.
During the first quarter of 2017, the number of acquisitions of AI startups doubled compared to the same period in 2016, figures from the technical analysis service CB Insights show. Google is the most frequent buyer followed by Apple, Intel and Facebook.
According to a survey conducted by the partly Microsoft-owned consulting company Avanade, companies show an unusual interest in using intelligent automation. 68 per cent of the surveyed companies plan to start investing in new technology in the next two to three years. The managers also know that it is in a hurry: 86 percent of executives believe that their companies must implement AI within the next five years. The problem is that there is no AI skills. The big global giants are vacuuming the markets for good IT technologies.
Many may worry about getting rid of their job in the long run. But Avanade’s head of digital workplaces. Sure, a certain part of the job will be replaced, but mainly it is about moving the positions forward. A typical example is customer service. There a cure can take care of the simple, so the staff can focus on providing better service.
Kevin Kyeong, at consulting firm Berge, which among other things builds AI solutions, has said in interviews that certain professional roles will surely disappear, but that so has always happened, long before AI was invented. In the long run, he believes that it is an advantage for people if they do not have to do boring and repetitive jobs, even if the change can be difficult.
Another, darker side of the AI coin, is that proper control systems will be needed for how this intelligence can be used. Given the rapid development of cybercrime, the legal systems face major challenges. The villains will, of course, develop as smart AI solutions as the good forces.
8 jobs that are slightly untapped are threatened by AI
- The farmer robot can sort vegetables and sense the health of the cows.
- Doctors – the robot is better than humans both at diagnosing and performing tricky operations.
- Miners – already Ericsson is working on developing a remote-controlled mining machine.
- Journalist – The news agency AP today produces thousands of short computer-generated articles about companies’ results.
- Computers can also image articles.
- Composer – many music clips on youtube are composed of computers. Google works to produce personalized music, which is exactly what you like.
- Artist – robots can create their own works. Soon, they are in class with great artists.
- Psychologist – When it comes to certain problems, it may be easier for people to talk to a robot than to a person.
- Actor – Princess Leia in the next Star Wars movie is played by a computer animation. The real actress, Carrie Fisher, died last year