No profession can survive or outperform AI
Whatever your profession is – teaching, engineering, medicine, law, etc – it may not be safe – it can be automated, done by an algorithm, robots or computers much better in the future. Dr Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (a must speed-read) explains how revolutions in technology and society will transform not only our bodies and minds but also our work. If you’re a student, watch Harari’s talk which charts what might happen to your chosen profession in not distant future.
Most doctors will be out of work
Yuval Noah Harari gives a very good example of how most doctors will be out of work in the future because AI will do their jobs much better ie will diagnose illnesses better and offer better treatments and cures – cheaper, with 24/7 access anywhere in the world. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it.
Don’t study law
And AI is already working well. For example, in the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs, because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. Ebay’s 40 000/day disputes are resolved by an algorithm only – no humans are involved. So if you study law, stop immediately because there will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Learn how to learn fast
Yuval Noah Harari has some advice to all the kids that are starting schooling: learn how to learn, or better still learn how to learn fast, or accelerated learning (speed reading is part of accelerated learning) because whatever you’re learning now is not going to be relevant in the next 5 to 10 to 20 years and you’ll have to reinvent yourself all the time – even at the age of 90 or more. Also become comfortable with uncertainty – the next decades will be characterised by uncertainty.
Before you want to speed read Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow by Dr Yuval Noah Harari – watch this video that summarises the key concepts of Home Deus