As Automation and Computerization Advance, What Kind of New Jobs Can Bring Full Employment? Updated Report Addresses the Issue
As tasks ranging from cashiering to scientific research are taken over by automated systems, serious questions arise. What will be left for people to do? Where are the millions of new jobs, so badly needed, going to come from? Answers are provided by Version 1.1 of a forward-looking employment report from EraNova Institute.
Mountain Lakes, NJ October 15, 2012
The jobs of cashiers are becoming a little less secure as Walmart tests iPhone checkout. It's a recent example of what's happening to most routine jobs in most industries. They're being streamlined and shrunk toward the point of non-existence. But there's a hopeful trend in the opposite direction, according to an updated employment report announced today by EraNova Institute.
What is the trend? Is it the imminent creation of millions of high-tech jobs? No, according to the report. Most of the existing technical jobs are an endangered species, like cashiering, because they too involve functions that fast-evolving technology can assume.
The report gives evidence that we're on the brink of a "highly-human" jobs boom, with millions of positions requiring skills that only conscious beings can provide. These jobs will span all major industries and professions.
Titled "Highly-Human Jobs: The New Work That Technology Can't Take Over" (Version 1.1), the updated report documents an emerging employment model that elevates purposeful, creative, caring, very-much-alive people above smart, efficient, unconscious, unfeeling systems, no matter how "intelligent" they may be.
"Humans actually have valuable skills and qualities that even the smartest technology can't match," says Richard W. Samson, the report's author. "By leveraging those non-automatable characteristics, we have an excellent chance of creating a very large job market."
Highly-human skills, ranging from creativity to responsibility, will be vital even in high-tech professions such as biotechnology, robotics, and renewable energy, the report predicts. "People will be needed in these fields when they act like people rather than trying to compete with artificial intelligence," says Samson. "AI and advanced systems can easily trump humans in the automatable aspects of biotech research, robotics development, and so on."
Robust job creation need not continue to be such a tough issue for policy makers, Samson believes. "As Washington and business leaders learn more about the highly-human trend, they'll be in a position to re-evaluate and re-strategize. We're available to help. We know the characteristics of the new jobs and how government, industry and individuals can prepare for them."
America and the world need to get off the down staircase of endangered jobs, Samson asserts. "It's time to jump on the up escalator of our employment future."
Journalists, broadcasters and bloggers may request a complimentary copy of the EraNova report at http://highlyhumanjobs.ning.com