Will Our Kids Be Unemployed In The World Driven By AI?

I’m always excited to read about the newest technological advancements. The progress in the last few years is amazing, isn’t it?

And the best is yet to come! Have you heard that the first taxi drone service should be launched in Dubai already this summer? #unbelievable

Efficiency rocks

Technology allows us to be more efficient. At HotelQuickly, we were able to replace 80% of our data-entry team with an automated process powered by a simple machine learning algorithm.

Great for the company, right?

But sad for those low-level employees whose job was replaced thanks to one passionate data engineer (Hi Pari!).

A tragedy for an individual, a statistic for millions

What we did at HotelQuickly is just a little indication of what’s coming in the next few years. As the artificial intelligence (AI) is now beginning to outperform humans in the cognitive field, we may expect more and more people being replaced by machines.

“Will robots take our jobs?” you may ask. “It depends!” is a helpful answer, as always. 😀

BBC prepared an eye-opening prediction of the changes which are coming soon. Salespersons, legal secretaries, finance officers, book-keepers, … and millions of other people will be replaced by the artificial intelligence. It’s already happening and will accelerate in a few years.

Jobs with the highest risk of being automated by artificial intelligence. Source: Will a robot take my job?

On Friday, another startup launched self-driving trucks. And you’ve most likely heard about Otto, right?

Food for thought: what will happen with the 3.5 million truck drivers in the USA?

How can we prepare our children for the world driven by the artificial intelligence?

Moshe Vardi, a professor at Rice University and Guggenheim fellow, said for The Guardian that AI could drive global unemployment to 50%, wiping out middle-class jobs and exacerbating inequality.

Ouch!

How can we, parents, make sure our kids are ready for this change?

In AI will create ‘useless class’ of human, the author writes:

No one knows what to study at college, because no one knows what skills learned at 20 will be relevant at 40. Before you know it, billions of people are useless, not through chance but by definition.

If machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task, what does it mean for us and our kids? Will they be unemployed?

The public school system is obsolete

When I am interviewing candidates at HotelQuickly, I’m putting no emphasis on what they studied 5 or more years ago. For technical positions, it just doesn’t matter.

Today, great tech candidates have nano degrees from Udacity, read at least one non-fiction book per month, take online courses continuously, and have side-projects to keep learning.

What can we, parents, do to help our kids become leaders, not victims, of the world driven by the artificial intelligence?

I started the AmbitiousParents to figure this out. Stay tuned!

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