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Old 06-02-2019, 08:05 AM
 
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AI and process automation are taking on tech jobs once thought untouchable. Will you be replaced by a robot? Interesting article from cio.com.

With AI becoming the main buzzwords and emerging technology for the forseeable future, many high techs are building robots using rpa to automate many mundane tasks. Facial & speech recognition, un/supervised learning, prescriptive analysis, and AI all converging in the near future.

Do you think your job and/or primary duties/responsibilities will be replace and/or eventually be phased out in the next 3-5yrs?* Why or why not?**
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:34 AM
 
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AI has been capable of replacing many tech jobs for a while. Any narrowly-defined job where there is a limited range of judgement to apply is probably ready for a limited AI replacement. Jobs that are inherently part of network, computing, or tech... even more so.

But that's been on the horizon for a while, and things like remote IT management have already reduced the number of needed workers. The real problem is that AI is going to invade what have been regarded as automation-proof fields, lower end white collar and business jobs. The number of jobs that could be replaced within a decade is staggering, and going to completely change the nature of what we think of as employment.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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Facial recognition and AI is likely creating new jobs in security than replacing them. China has increased spending on security.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:01 AM
 
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Facial recognition and AI is likely creating new jobs...
Sigh.

Name any form of automation or efficiency engineering that created more jobs than it replaced, ever.

Then consider the scale of, say, one cotton gin vs. one AI server rack in terms of human replacement value.

Then, for fun, estimate how many cotton weeders went on to become mechanical engineers or even mechanics; estimate how many, say, actuaries will retrain as AI engineers.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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No.

I used to be a programmer. I transitioned into a BA/PM role. There's an enormous need for people who can translate between the technical folks and actual business needs.

It jobs aren't going away, they are just changing.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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It jobs aren't going away, they are just changing.
So in the transition from hands-on network gear maintenance and remote monitoring and maintenance, where did that... 20:1 job reduction go? Dusting?

At best, network capabilities grew so vastly that face-to-rack needs were held steady instead of growing proportionately. One guy in Dayton could do the work of... 1000 rack room guys across the nation, up from the 100 needed before.

I concede IT will remain strong... but few fields are more inevitably moving towards automation, AI and vast reduction of control points. It's the inherent platform for such change.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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So in the transition from hands-on network gear maintenance and remote monitoring and maintenance, where did that... 20:1 job reduction go? Dusting?
no reduction in the number of jobs that anyone can really point to. Just fearmongering.

People always fear change, this is nothing new.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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no reduction in the number of jobs that anyone can really point to. Just fearmongering.

People always fear change, this is nothing new.
Okay.

[Fill in rest of usual argument here, no need to waste space. Note that my influence is an AI/human interface expert who spent 20+ years in IT for JPL...]

See you in... five or so years.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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Sigh.

Name any form of automation or efficiency engineering that created more jobs than it replaced, ever.

Then consider the scale of, say, one cotton gin vs. one AI server rack in terms of human replacement value.

Then, for fun, estimate how many cotton weeders went on to become mechanical engineers or even mechanics; estimate how many, say, actuaries will retrain as AI engineers.
Surveillance and security. We have more cameras, eavesdropping, etc and there are more people employed to monitor people than ever.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:55 AM
 
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Okay.

[Fill in rest of usual argument here, no need to waste space. Note that my influence is an AI/human interface expert who spent 20+ years in IT for JPL...]

See you in... five or so years.
Pick a specific job, sure there will be less of a need. New jobs with new needs related to IT will arise. So, adapt. The job market is changing, don't expect to do the exact same thing you do today, but that's something that's easily planned for.

No one should logically expect to hold the same job doing the same thing for decades. Adapt and change with the times.

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