With all the talk and stories popping out here and there about this “doomed-ish” visions and warnings of a future approaching where machines will take over all (or most) of the jobs, leading to some new reality of “job destruction;” I still can’t help but disagreeing.
That jobs-as-we-know-them will shift and need to transform into new ones? Hell, yeah. At a faster pace than expected? That, too.
But the one thing that still remains universal is that: there will always be a job to do, as long as there is a problem to solve. Therefore, the only day when jobs will drastically disappear in this world, is the day when the world has completely resolved all of its problems. Because, the day the world has completely resolved all of its problems — including satisfactory access to food, water, shelter, health, and safety for everyone, by implementing Universal-Income-based solutions or who-knows-how-yet: who on Earth will care about having a job? That day all of us will mostly devote all of our time to use only those functions that only humans can perform, involving the use of spiritual-nature resources such as love, soul, compassion, et al. Which no bunch of silicon chips and lines of code will ever be able to replicate.
And because of the utopian Age-Of-Aquarius-ish notion such a thought implies, not only I can see that remotely close from happening in any near future. All the opposite: the advent of machine-based automation and the rise of AI and all its companion shenanigans, is about to most likely create an exponential explosion of new problems to solve and to take care of. And those are billions of new jobs out there waiting to happen, and that will have be taken care of by someone.
Yes, myriad of new skills and proficiency will need to be learned. Some of it, probably we don’t even know about yet. And most likely our whole education system — also, as we know it — will need to collapse and get a radical overhaul. But yes, all those new jobs (again, and repeat after me: “new problems to solve”) will be out there. And someone will need to be capable of doing/resolving them.
And the day machines or AI or whatever are capable of resolving even all that, too — well, we’re back to the end of the third paragraph above, again.
And I can’t wait for that day to become true. Some day. Still far-far away?