|We will get to see humans and robots working together more and more / Photo Credit: Olena Yakobchuk (via Shutterstock)|
Darren Fields of business and enterprise IT news website IT Pro Portal said digitization is disrupting many industries across the world. Disruption comes in the form of virtual assistants, AI-based decision-making, AV, and more. These trends worry employees, who are asking themselves: “Will I still be relevant in 2050?” Of course, they are still going to be relevant if they are given the right mindset, an evolving skillset, and a work environment that allows workers to easily upskill. Predicting the future is becoming harder and harder as innovation cycles grow shorter while the adoption curves of new technologies grow steep. In that regard, well-skilled and motivated employees will be more relevant to future business success than before.
In the next few years, a lot of manual and repetitive work will be automated and/or performed by robots. Some more demanding jobs will be handed over to AI. According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), it is predicted that 14% of jobs will be fully automated. An additional 32% of jobs will be radically transformed by technological advances. On the bright side, the OECD also stated that new technology has created new jobs, with 40% of jobs created in digitally intrusive industries between 2005 and 2016.
Some futurists may imagine robots working in fully automated factories. But realistically, we will get to see more humans or robots working together. Digitization and technology allow work to “move up the food chain” to automate task-oriented work and create new, higher-skilled jobs. We may not know what is going to happen in 2050, but acquiring new skills and continuing to learn new things will be highly relevant in the near future. Therefore, it is important for business leaders to hire new, qualified talent who are open to expanding their skill set. Business leaders should encourage their workforce to keep on engaging in upskilling activities. Finally, it is essential for them to understand that the concept of work has drastically changed, as it now “dynamic activity engaged in across temporal and spatial boundaries.”