Would there be new jobs?
The discussion about the future of work abound in contemporary literature. Mostly people use their emotional attitudes to particular issues rather than cogent arguments. Would robots equipped with artificial intelligence and enhanced by machine learning take over not only blue-color jobs but while-color ones as well? If one believes that not going to work and having all necessary things provided without getting employed is a marvelous thing, then she will certainly embrace the encroachment of machines in the job market and dream about all the leisure time ahead. If, however, one doubts whether humans can find a meaning of life without having a job and whether robots would be benign enough towards humans once they control the production part of our civilization, then he will feel horrified at the perspective of the jobless future.
Yet, these emotional stances have their justifications. In the situation when facts are few and far between and we lack models to predict a development of job markets, what is left is to rely on our gut feelings regarding which scenario is better. Objectively, when automation gets ubiquitous we may either retrain displaced workers, move them to other jobs (if such will be created), or give them a universal basic income without asking their services any longer. Whatever scenario gets realized two things are positive: at the social level, rethinking and redesigning our political and economic relations will be an urgent task to complete and, at the individual level, cultivating skills related to creativity, critical thinking and negotiations will most likely be a great strategy to find one’s place in the future.
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