AI and automation, based on current technologies and reasonable extensions, will replace 40-50% of jobs within 15 years. Here are the types of tasks and jobs that AI is poised to take over in the near future.
Current AI technology is already well suited to perform these jobs. Some have been deployed, and many are in testing. Actual job displacement may take longer, but if your job fits the above categories, it is not too early to start planning a new career, and start your training.
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AI and automation will replace 40-50% of jobs within 15 years. But the actual job displacement could take longer due to corporate choices, labor union influences, and government policies.
This displacement will take place in a number of ways:
Dr. Lee believes many job displacement research studies are too conservative. Here is why:
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To ensure your professional career is not interrupted by AI displacement, you need to understand: What can AI not do today? There are jobs that may be safe (at least for now) from AI displacement. There are several main areas:
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When it comes to job replacement, AI’s biases don’t fit the traditional one-dimensional metric of low-skill versus high-skill labor. Instead, AI creates a mixed bag of winners and losers depending on the exact content of job tasks performed.
While AI has far surpassed humans at narrow tasks that can be optimized based on data, it remains stubbornly unable to interact naturally with humans or imitate the dexterity of our fingers and limbs. It also cannot engage in cross-domain thinking on creative tasks or ones requiring complex strategy, jobs whose inputs and outcomes aren’t easily quantified.
Here are examples of jobs that are likely to be safe: criminal defense attorneys, CEOs, psychiatrists, PR directors, concierges and social workers, dog walkers, hairstylist and physical therapists, among others Jobs that may change through AI are graphic designer, legal or financial analyst, medical researcher and scientists. Jobs likely to be most affected include customer service reps, radiologists, personal tax preparers, insurance adjusters, basic translators, telemarketers and consumer loan underwriters, garment workers, fruit harvesters, truck drivers and assembly line inspectors.
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