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Is your job safe from artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken over many roles previously held by humans around the world. But is your job safe from artificial intelligence? Well, experts have identified a few fields where workers’ jobs are currently not at risk.

From the onset of the industrial revolution with power looms to the advent of the tiny microchip, there has always been the threat that machines might replace humans.

This fear has gradually become a reality, and we now see the dominance of machines everywhere, with robots replacing humans in various tasks globally.

According to a March 2023 report by Goldman Sachs, AI is currently capable of performing a quarter of the tasks that are done by human hands.

The report also estimates that due to artificial intelligence, 300 million people across the European Union and the United States could lose their jobs.

According to Martin Ford, author of “Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything,” the situation could worsen.

“It’s not that this situation will affect everyone, but it could happen in a very systematic way,” he says. “It could happen to many people, possibly all at once, and its effects will impact not only individuals but the entire economy.”

However, amidst all this bad news, there is some good news. Experts have indicated that there are still some fields where AI cannot replace humans. Martin Ford believes there are three fields where workers do not need to worry about AI dominance in the near future.

Which jobs are safe from AI?

“The first of these jobs are those that are truly creative,” he says. “You are not just following a formula or reshuffling things, but you are genuinely coming up with new ideas and creating something new.”

These jobs clearly require human qualities and capabilities. This means that AI and robots will struggle to replace humans in tasks requiring emotional intelligence and creative skills.

However, this does not mean that all jobs requiring creative skills are safe. In fact, jobs related to graphic design and visual arts might be among the first to be affected.

By instructing a bot with basic algorithms, AI can quickly analyze millions of images to create a masterpiece. However, other types of creative jobs might still be relatively safe.

Ford says, “In fields like science, medicine, and law, where people work with new legal or business strategies, there are still expectations for human involvement.”

He further states, “The second category includes jobs that require sophisticated and pleasant interpersonal relationships, such as nurses, business consultants, and investigative journalists.”

He adds, “These are jobs that require deep understanding. I think it will take AI a long time to develop the capability to establish relational conversations.”

Ford also identifies a third category of safe jobs. These require significant mobility, skill, and the ability to solve problems in unpredictable situations. These include electricians, plumbers, welders, and similar services. These jobs involve constantly dealing with new situations.

“These are perhaps the hardest tasks to automate,” he says. “Automating these types of jobs would require science fiction robots. You would need a robot like C-3PO from Star Wars.”

As AI continues to evolve, its impact on employment will be profound and multifaceted. While some sectors face significant upheaval, others will remain reliant on the irreplaceable human touch.

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