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What does our Future Hold?

 

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’ve been working hard on my current WIP. I’ve restarted it twice. I know. Crazy. But what can you do when you come up with a better beginning, right? Anyway, I have about 24,000 words into it and I feel good about them. They’re solid.

Anyway enough about that. Today I’m talking about the future for our kids. I just read an article that paints a dismal picture. Click the link to read: You Will Lose your Job to Robots

According to the article, the majority of the jobs we do will eventually be taken over by robots. This will result in mass unemployment for many people. The article focused on truck drivers and how we’ll soon have automatic pilots for our vehicles like many planes do.

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I’ve also heard jobs like Insurance agents and travel agents will be a thing of the past as well. Even doctors are going to be feeling the heat. Has anyone seen the movie, Big Hero Six? We’re going to have robots handling our health care. Robots will be asking, “On a scale of one to ten, how do you rate your pain?” Then administering medication for us.

 

So this leads me to the question. How do I guide my children to a career that will support them and their families when they get older?

Are we destined for a future like the movie Walle?

Where all the humans are overweight and all they do is eat and ride around on motorized chairs? I sure hope not.

 

I’ve heard  Intellectual Capitalism will be where the jobs are. Check out this post: Intellectual Capitalism

Writers, artists, and creators will be in demand, but the first article tells a different story. That author feels that Artificial Intelligence will become better and better surpassing its human counterparts as fast as 2045.

Yikes! That sounds scary to me. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds. It changes so fast we can’t keep up. What does the future hold for the next generation? How can we prepare our kids for the future?

Should I be steering them toward a career in Artificial Intelligence Mechanics? After all, someone’s got to keep those robots running.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. How do you feel about the future? Optimistic? Or do you feel as if we’re putting ourselves out of business fast? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

30 thoughts on “What does our Future Hold?

  1. Personally I believe that the soft skills will always be important and are very understated . The ability to communicate effectively. To write with more than 160 characters and a hashtag. To speak clearly in a face to face situation. The ability to inspire and influence can never be replaced.

    1. Oh, Kerry. You are so right. Thanks for saying that. You’ve given me hope for the future and also a direction in which to direct my littles! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Coding science, maths, physics sistainability and engineering are where the big guns want new blood. But really the world was going to end with nobody speaking to people, just virtual friends because of social media. No one would go to cinemas or buy music or even learn an instrument because of computers. We live we choose and go our own way making room for the new (which brings new jobs) updating the old which brings… more jobs. Let them be kids things will carry on in a new way, ours is not to become psychics but to nurture and teach them to be the best humans they can be. Just as you seem to be doing.

  3. I used to worry about this very topic on a regular basis but the truth is technology is like you mentioned developing at such a rapid rate that all I feel I can do at this point is live in the moment and hatch my plan to live off the grid once they start micro chipping everyone lol but I know Goggle maps would find me so living off the grid probably won’t work. 😦 I definitely agree with Kerry on the soft skills and also with Lisa on letting kids be kids. All you can do is love your children and live in the moment…the robots will do the rest 😉

  4. It’s fascinating what will happen to the future of society. My daughter is very creative, so am hoping she’ll use her skills in areas where robots can’t help. Strangely, we watched Wall-e yesterday. I hope that’s not our future! Though sometimes I’d like a floating chair.

  5. I know where you are coming from! My eldest is in his final year doing a Masters in Electronic engineering and currently applying for jobs in software, AI etc and is speaking a different language to us. Even down to the whole application and interview process….my youngest is an artist and currently working on a sketchbook for a scholarship interview for 6th form – yet she is doubting whether she should pursue art for the future. Tough isn’t it? Maybe my middle on will sort it all as he has just started a Politics & International Relations degree….now there is something to talk about in today’s climate!! Great post x

    1. Thanks for stopping by. It looks like all your kids are pursuing degrees that will be in demand in the future. I think any degree in Electronics will be safe and I’ve heard that if you’re an artist that’ll be in demand, too. And a career in politics isn’t a bad way to go either. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Claire!

  6. I certainly dont think ther will be enough jobs in the future but maybe we arent supposed to be working…I know I am often too busy to workk!!!I hope that capitalism will be replaced by a major universal shift outside the box, we’ll all end up with Universal Basic Income and robots to do the jobs we don’t like while we get on with…being.

    1. You bring up a valid point. The future might be even better because the robots will be doing the jobs we don’t want to do. Freeing up our time to pursue the goals we really want to pursue. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Maybe this is a good thing. 🙂

      1. I hope so…but I think it will take a big mental shift vis a vis money and income…Universal basic Income is being considered by a few nations as the only way…Finland is running an experiment on it now…fingers crossed..I dont believe we are here to spend most of our time slogging away at ‘busy’ work..onwards and upwards! 🙂

  7. This is an interesting topic. When I consider the pace of change, I do wonder what skills will matter. When I was at college, a liberal arts degree was a fine preparation for an entry level job–experience mattered over time. But now, without skills specifically applicable right out of school, kids struggle. I wonder if more students will choose trades over “higher” education. I think hard work, reasoning skills, and social intelligence will always be valuable. I’m focusing my parenting efforts there. But, I don’t know that’s the “right” answer.

    1. I hear you, Angela. There’s a shortage in the skilled trades right now, but I’m wondering if the robots will be doing those jobs as well. I think you’re focusing your efforts in the right places. I think all three of those skills will be in high demand in the future and who knows maybe instead of college, kids will be getting on the job training or learning skills from Youtube. In the movie “The Matrix” the characters were able to download skills right into their brain. I’m wondering if that’s where our future is heading? Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  8. I fear Wall-e may prove prophetic, but I am still optimistic that for every industry that dies, a new one, one we can’t even contemplate now will rise in its place.

  9. Yup. Skilled trades along with the arts (you know the subjects on the chopping blocks at schools!). Many careers will be ‘cottage’ industries, staying at home rather than going to an actual office. Great for creatives! Even shopping/retail has suffered with the slow demise of Sears (in Canada and the US) because of companies like Amazon. Great post, Lisa, sure makes you think about our children and grandchildren’s futures.

  10. Thank heavens humans have the capacity to re-invent ourselves. Let the robots have our old jobs. The sky is the limit for our children’s future. If you want to help them then encourage creative thought. That is were the future jobs will be.

  11. I might be in the minority, but all the crazy uses of technology scares me. I really believe that we need to go back to our roots and spend more time outside – enjoying the great outdoors, taking hikes with family, having bonfires with friends and observing ‘the little things’. I’m not sure that computers and artificial intelligence can make us happy. At least not most of us. Although, maybe technology can afford us just that – more time outdoors without sitting in huge office buildings. Hmmm….. Only time will tell.

    1. You’re right. I believe we need more time like that, too. Building relationships with family and friends, and maybe technology can do this for us or maybe not. Time will tell, won’t it?

  12. I’m optimistic. But the people that will be successful will be those that are flexible and adjust to the changing landscape. I agree with you that the creative people will be at a premium. You can’t teach a robot to have an imagination or a sense of humor.

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