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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Robots and Assistants Will Replace Tasks in Jobs

This is obvious.  Jobs are a set of tasks.  Tasks are what are replaced.  Course it can often mean that they will do the job faster and better, needing fewer people to do the jobs. Employers will be pressured by costs to do that.   And yes AI, and the physical component, robotics, will also create new jobs. But probably different ones.  And you may well have to learn from and even cooperate with these new agents.   Get ready to adapt.   In Fast Company:

Robots Won’t Take Your Job—Just Parts Of It
Automation targets tasks first, people second. That's mostly good news for those willing to adapt.
"The problem with new tech is it’s really easy to imagine the jobs it will destroy," Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon recently told Product Hunt, "but really hard to imagine the jobs it will create." But it isn't quite that black and white.

Many of the first "new" jobs automation will create will actually be similar to the ones it does away with. That's because, rather than destroying entire roles, it’s much more likely to chip away at certain work-related tasks. Many (though not all) positions will remain, but certain aspects of those positions will change, requiring workers to adapt to different, often higher-level activities in order to stay competitive. ... " 

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