We live in a technology-driven world. This world is filled with promises but it also has some challenges. When we talk about automation, one of the most-discussed topics is how robots will kill our jobs.
Author Yuval Noah Harari, in his book ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’, has explored the most urgent issues of today as we are moving into the future. Technology is advancing at a faster rate than we can understand. This is uncharted territory. As hacking is becoming a war tactic, the world is more polarized than ever. Harari has addressed the different challenges we face in navigating our life through the disorienting change. The book raises important questions that we have to ask ourselves. How are robots and computers changing the meaning of humanity? How are we supposed to deal with fake news? What should we teach children?
Throughout the book, Harari has offered advice on preparing for a future world that is different from the one we are currently living in. When Big Data is watching us, how can we retain our freedom of choice? What will be the future of the job sector and how can we prepare ourselves for it? How is the liberal democracy in crisis? How are we supposed to deal with terrorism?
There have been a ton of studies focusing on how the introduction of robots will be automating routine tasks and put people out of work. History has shown us technological advancements have replaced and will replace jobs. It is important to find the balance between labor replacing technologies and labor reinstating technologies. While it is not possible to know what jobs will be taken over by automation and robotics, here are some of the careers that will survive the robot invasion and be relevant in the 21sts century.
- University Professors
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Food and Nutrition Services
- Mechanical Engineers
- Robotics Engineers
- Registered Nurse
- Social Service and Community workers
- Occupational therapists
- Financial auditors
- Computer Programmers
- Early Childhood education
In the book ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’, Harari has tried to make sense of our past and our future. He asks us to consider the meaning, value, and personal engagement in the world that is full of uncertainty and noise. When the world is deluged with fake and irrelevant information, only clarity can give you power.
We live in a world that has a foundation of knowledge. The knowledge that you have about yourself and the industry that you are working in will be the key to your future. In the 21st Century, it has become apparent that only expertise begets expertise and if you want to drive your career forward, you need to have new competencies. Your knowledge and skills will help you in advancing or hindering our careers in the midst of this.