Let us begin with a story.
An American investor on his tour in China in the 1960s visited a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which the investor replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s a job you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.
There is one thing humans are very good at and that is creating work.
As long as we create work, there will be jobs.
Thus far we are able to create four broad categories of jobs in this world. If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you fall into either of these.
1. Create (Movies, Art, Product, Cake, Code)
2. Manage (Product, Service, Function, Sales)
3. Fix ( Repair, solve, optimize)
4. Co-ordinate/Operate (Communicate, respond, drive car, fly aircraft)
A bot in most cases can do all of these. And it has been doing so for decades. More so, in recent years.
And we love to be paranoid about it because we love to talk about the concept and create movies around it. That’s us!
But look at the brighter side. If a Bot 3D prints a cake, that leaves enough room for you to create some other meaningful work.
How about a cake therapist?
You might want to suggest cakes depending on how anxious or depressed one is. ( I am kidding, just making this up. I would be shocked if this job exists though)
Anyway, but on a serious note, humans are always more driven to create work. As long as they do that, bots really have a slim chance to defeat us.
What do you think?
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