The Future Isn’t Grim; Humans vs AI

We have got used to believe that development and rise of Artificial Intelligence will cause big damage in the structure of our world. Actually, we forgot about the superpowers we have.

Increasing automatisation of work, employment reductions, continuous number of professions becoming obsolete — these are just some of our most common fears. McKinsey estimates that 45% of current positions could be automated using existing technologies. Forrester predicts that more than 9 million jobs will have disappeared within 10 years.

As internet of things is on the rise, our reality becomes dominated and defined by data. Each day we produce huge amounts of information which reflects our habits and customs. Nearly everything is connected and almost every aspect of human life is covered and described by the data. Digital transformation changes not only the services and goods we may purchase but also our buying preferences and work environment.

In most common opinion, “digital” occupations belong to data analysts, engineers, developers and computer scientists. Even marketing — regrdless its cultural and psychological background — is now driven by programmatic software and the human factor there is decreasing. This proves how underestimated social sciences are — beginning with psychology, through sociology and anthropology, ending on philosophy.

Each time we speak about data analysis or interpretation, about gathering deep insights and using them in further understanding of digital transformation, we speak about social sciences. They are crucial for making this change actually human — just to mention ethical design, fairness in policymaking, or things as simple (sic!) as advertising. Social scientists and their skills are exactly what the world needs, believe it or not — to make digital world inhabitable.

Yes, many workplaces will be automated. Even more will become obsolete, because of future technology development. But digital transformation opens the ultimate way to form new career opportunities for those who have been undervalued too long. And, last but not least — to put light on once important, but now forgotten values as humanism and ethics.