Artificial Intelligence: Will It Kill Your Job or Let You Live The Dream?

Artificial Intelligence: Will It Kill Your Job or Let You Live The Dream?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI,  is hot topic these days. Along with robotics and automation, depending on who you listen to AI is either the most wonderful or most disastrous development in human history. Will AI take your job away? Will it free you from boring or dangerous tasks so you can enjoy life? Will it lead to World War III or a Star Trek like Utopia?  Will you be struggling to put food on the table or living and playing on the beach all day? The stories in media paint a picture of one extreme or the other. 

Where does that leave you? Should you be worried or not?

We are in the early stages of a technology-driven industrial revolution, The Fourth Industrial Revolution,  that is both eliminating and creating jobs. What makes this time the start of an industrial revolution is more than a few technological advances. What we are seeing are not only new technologies but advances across a wide swath of industries from materials science to medicine, finance, and business. With time, all of these advances will begin to benefit and be used by each other to create new advances. Just like the need for blacksmiths and weavers were replaced in the First Industrial Revolution many of the jobs we see today will be replaced. Just like back then we don't know which jobs will be replaced and which new ones will be created. Some people will often half-seriously joke that at least the robots will need to be maintained and repaired by people. Don't count on it. And it's not an answer for everyone anyhow. 

Don't get caught up in the high-level hype. 

It doesn't matter if 100 jobs or 100 million jobs are eliminated by AI. What matters is what happens to you, the company you work for and your job.  
Larry Boyer, Success Rockets LLC

You need to understand personally the changes that are happening now and that are coming in the future that impact not only your job directly, but your industry and the company you work for. These last points are particularly important to pay attention to, as industries, business models and companies are disrupted. Being an outstanding performer on the RMS Titanic does you no good. 


Start by making a list of your strengths. Be sure to include not only your learned technical skills but also soft skills, interests and passions. Next, move on and make a list of your weaknesses. Which of these are areas where you can improve on and which are areas you shouldn’t bother focusing on? Ultimately you want to focus on your strengths, but some weaknesses need to be addressed to get to at least a basic level of competence (familiarity with computer technology, for example). What opportunities are there for you now and in the future? Do you see an application of new technologies that you would like to work with in the future? Lastly, what threats are there to your current job and long-term career? How will these developing technologies put your career at risk?

Should you be scared, excited or unconcerned about the technological changes we are seeing unfold? With your eyes wide open to the risk and opportunities, the good news is you can start preparing today for an exciting future. The future is coming, one day at a time. 

Are You Ready? 

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About the Author

a3d4f196.jpgLarry Boyer is a beBee Ambassador and helps people and businesses prepare for the disruptive and evolving economy of the 21st Century and Fourth Industrial Revolution. He does this through combining his work with advanced analytics, business strategy and personal development. He founded Success Rockets LLC in 2009 in the shadow of the financial crisis to address the career development needs of people disrupted by a rapidly shifting economy and sudden corporate failures. Success Rockets(R) grew to include the evolving challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution artificial intelligence, disruptive technologies and the business models of the Gig Economy. 

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Jairo Molina Camargo

Jairo Molina Camargo

4 months ago #20

Cada día la IA y las nuevas tecnologías traen un poco de preocupación, no solo en el ámbito laboral, sino también científico. Pero, sin duda el empleo se verá tocado en gran manera. A prepararse y actualizarse es el objetivo que se debe plantear cada uno, porque lo estudiado hasta ahora quedará nulo ante lo que viene, aunque una cosa sí sé, que ser buena persona, eso no se estudia.

Samina Khan

Samina Khan

4 months ago #19

My hope is that my job will be safe for a long time to come, and that AI and robots will be available to enhance my already stellar performance.  😜

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#20
Thank you for all of your support !

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#16
Thank you Jerry Fletcher. Change is hardest when you're not ready for it. I'm hoping to help people see what's coming.

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #16

Kudos on an excellent read, Larry. I think a lot of people today are concerned about how AI will affect their jobs and future. You provide prudent advice, important insights and astute analysis on this topic (as usual). I would just add a couple of other revolutionary developments to the list of what will shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution: quantum computing and nanotechnology, both of which will drive disruptive innovation and mold the future. FYI - I'm tweeting this for #TuesdayMotivation and pinning on my Twitter home page for retweets at https://twitter.com/DBGrinberg (and sharing in several hives). I also encourage you to share the video in the new hive of stephan metral \ud83d\udc1d Innovative Brand Ambassador: "My beBee TV". Keep buzzing, Larry, as your engagement is always a value added -- if not an invaluable asset!

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#15
Thanks Andrew \ud83d\udc1d Goldman. Flexibility is key. We need to understand how flexible we actually are. Some are more flexible than others and therefore need more time to prepare or develop a plan B.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #14

The French have a saying, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" Change is not a new process. It has always been with us. The difference in today's world is twofold: the pace and the number of areas included. Still it is change and most humans actually adapt well to it...when they think about it. So this article is apropos. It makes us think about the possibility of change in our jobs and all the reasons that may occur. It is a clarion call to think about how you confront the future. Well done, Mr. Boyer

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#13
You're definitely right about it being a systemic issue Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. AI will touch us all in some way, so it's best to have at least some understanding of it.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

4 years ago #12

I think AI's impact in the job market is a systemic issue. Even if you are left unharmed by what happens, chances are that your vendors or your clients will not be unaffected, leading to a new set of dynamics for your business processes. Perhaps this needs to be incorporated in the SWOT analysis too. Even if machines may not require someone to maintain them, they will require someone to program them and debug them when they screw up. So, some A.I. knowledge may go a long way, in the years to come. So, things may not be that bad after all...

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#10
It is coming Susan \ud83d\udc1d Rooks, the Grammar Goddess and it's important to keep up as best as we can. I remember what a big deal it was for my grand parents when they would no longer receive a check from social security and just had to trust the money would appear in the bank account. I am sure we will all struggle with adapting at some time in our lives.

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess

The future is coming! Surprise! OK, no. But it is coming, and writers like Larry Boyer, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador are important for us to figure out how we're going to deal with the new realities.

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess

Yes, Larry Boyer, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador, the future is indeed coming. It's always been coming, but year after year, this old Boomer Broad has seen it coming faster and faster. I think that's what it's all about, at least for a lot of us. We barely have time to learn THIS because THIS++ and THAT+++ are just around the corner! The other issue to me is awareness. When I was growing up in the '50s, news came in print and on TV, with the likes of Walter Cronkite and other giants of the early TV eras. The hysteria wasn't as easy to find; a speaker's words weren't spread before they'd even finished speaking as they can be now with Tweets. All these changes feel strong, harsher, harder -- more emotional -- because we aren't getting much time to digest them, live with them, learn from them before the next wave hits. And the news about them is everywhere; there's no escaping it even if we want to (unless we unplug and go live in a remote place -- are there still any left?). So I appreciate you always keeping us updated on the facts and how we need to consider our own tomorrows that will surely look different from anything we've known before.

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#8
Thank you Jan \ud83d\udc1d Barbosa

Jan 🐝 Barbosa

Jan 🐝 Barbosa

4 years ago #7

Good article 💯

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#4
You are spot on Harvey Lloyd. It's all about how it will impact the economy of one. For some it there will a direct impact of a job loss, others will get jobs that didn't exist before. The big one to watch for is one something comes sideways and destroys the company you work for or weakens it. Will Tesla make enough of a dent in car sales to close a major brand, for example.

Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#3
That is an important point Brian McKenzie - timing and how it ill impact each of us. Of course it's not all about replacing, it can also support us.

Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

Good info here

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #3

You are an economy of one. Many years ago i heard this statement and it stuck. Your strategies of success must meet your needs within your economy. In this days it was customary to get the gold watch after many years of service. I dont think things have changed much economically when considering an economy of one. AI is disruptive not necessarily at the economy of one level but rather at the basic economic level. Machines, software or VR do not pay taxes, join the community nor do they delineate right and wrong. The motivation for AI has grown from bad economic policy and consumerism. We are creating a class of people who are left behind. I sense this is different than past revolutions of economy. In the past the government was not so deeply imbedded with the way of life, economically. People and the government understood the concept of the economy of one. I am not against AI nor afraid of its growth, but this transition will fail if the consumer dies along the way.

Prakashan B.V

Prakashan B.V

4 years ago #2

Larry Boyer, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador: The best advice... Very nicely written article..Agree with you "You need to understand personally the changes that are happening now and that are coming in the future that impact not only your job directly, but your industry and the company you work for."

Lyon Brave

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #1

interesting

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