Will an Algorithm Replace Me?

Greg Adamson and colleagues at University of Melbourne offer advice on keeping your job from going to a robot:

“Since the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago, technological advances have always led to job destruction, but more new jobs have always been created. At this stage, there is no clear evidence this will be any different to what has gone before. We aren’t eliminating work, unemployment rates aren’t blowing out, work isn’t disappearing,” says Dr. Healy, a labor and workplace relations academic.

Jobs requiring non-routine cognitive work — work that algorithms cannot handle – will replace the ones that are repetitive and routine. For example, he points out that the number of jobs in child care and elder care is growing, along with work in healthcare and professional and scientific services. Humans will focus on work that requires them to exercise discretion, judgement and creativity.

The skills necessary to thrive in this coming job market include critical thinking and creativity. Research on entry-level job postings conducted in Australia between 2012 and 2015 uncovered a whopping 158 percent increase in demand for critical thinking and a 65 percent increase in creativity. But the employee of the future must also bring excellent communications skills to work.

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