Automation is one of the greatest fears and marvels of the future. The idea of robotization and replacement of human labor is not appealing to many, especially so for those to whom the diversification of skills is not a viable option. Consequently, it cannot be declared an unexpected outcome. Disruptive technology has always followed human life and the labor market, such as the first industrial revolution and the emergence of steam engines (Mahdawi, 2017). It is essential to adapt to the change and continue to develop ourselves and the future. The article provides some of the job descriptions where the change is inevitable, which include telemarketing, loan officers, cashiers, paralegal and legal assistants, taxi drivers, and fast-food cooks (Mahdawi, 2017). The latter duo is still within the early days of testing. Nonetheless, the foundation is undoubtedly ready as major automobile concerns continue developing autopiloting options for their vehicles, and KFC opened a completely automated café in Russia.
The article provides reasonable arguments in favor of the diversification of personal skills. However, if certain groups of the population cannot learn or acquire new skills, they might approach the issue with harmful intentions. Therefore, some initiatives such as the universal basic income should become a focal point to facilitate a smooth transition of the population that lost their jobs. For a certain period, it might be necessary to allocate resources for this project from national reserves. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the transition will not be sudden. Numerous jobs are not expected to be eliminated immediately due to the current financial burdens of such technologies and the risks associated with them. Hence, human cadres should not be agitated now but rather prepare for the change as the change is always imminent.
Mahdawi, A. (2017). What jobs will still be around in 20 years? Read this to prepare your future. The Guardian. Web.