The Next Years Will Be Crazy!
So in this article, I’ll talk to you about my prediction of the future. A future with a shift in professions, outsourcing and ‘Artificial Intelligence’. (What is artificial intelligence tough? Does it exist yet? Will it?)
So let’s start with the shift in professions and work our way through to the AI part.
The future will first of all kill a lot of jobs. Once artificially intelligent assistants got better than the real ones, the real ones are no longer needed. The same applies to many other jobs too, of course.
However, that does also mean that there will probably new jobs. However, in the industrial age (where the last huge technical shift occurred), people were suddenly an almost unlimited resource, since there were lots of people searching for a job and a lot less jobs than there had been before, since machines now made the work easier and faster. What was seen as a job which demanded a good degree of education and experience was now suddenly replaced (for example, tailors now had to fight against industrials who produced in mass production and could therefore offer a far better price).
So, I’m not saying that this will be just like the industrial revolution. But it could get quite damn close to it.
What’s the answer, then? Should everyone do IT now? Well, no. Since most companies now outsource IT, that’s not the best idea either. The future consists of something entirely different. Have you seen those shops who offer multiple products? Like a hairdresser combined with a clothes shop. That’s how you have to imagine the future, metaphorically. Now, a degree in IT or whatever is no longer enough. You have to get to know finance, too. And design, maybe. And then you can combine those skills to do something that will get you revenue. The future is full of entrepreneurs.
So let’s get to Artificial Intelligence:
What is AI? Well, Alan Turing (the inventor of algorithms) described an AI as being unrecognisable as a computer (Turing Test, people), but without external/ physical attributes. What Turing described there is something of a human-equivalent AI. Nowadays however, people call advanced algorithms that sometimes make use of things we learned from neuroscience AI. However, this AI is code, just like all the other programs out there. There is nothing more human about them.
However, those advanced algorithms (how I call it) will help us do a lot of stuff in the future. Maybe, they’ll even be able to be creative (for e.g. by randomly doing stuff and having a program that can criteriarise the outcome). However, I don’t think that this will result in an AI trying to take over the world or an AI that will fall in love (unless programmed to do so).