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What jobs will disappear in the next 25 years ?

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If you've spent your career in a particular job, it's hard to imagine that job ever changing. But the fact of the matter is that new technology is rendering certain jobs obsolete all the time. Examples of new technologies and the jobs that they will likely render obsolete include the following.
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Automation Tech

There are many companies working on automating many simple tasks. Companies like Google and Pilz fit this bill, just to name a few. It's now possible to program apps on your phone to automate all sorts of simple tasks including bolting windows, regulating temperature in houses, and turning lights on and off just to name a few.

Many companies are also using motion sensors and software on remote video cameras to automatically message you if there's any reason to believe someone has broken into your house. As a result, many security jobs as they stand now may be a thing of the past. After all, why do you need security guards for an extra pair of eyes when you can simply use automated mechanical eyes instead? These are the kind that never get tired, never fall asleep, and never really miss anything.

AI

When most people think AI, images of the Terminator movies come to mind. But actually, AI is already among us. Although artificial intelligence is still at about the intelligence level of cockroaches in some respects, in others it far outstrips what humans can do. Here's a shot list of jobs that are in danger in the future due to AI technologies.

  • Translation - The hardcore translators will tell you that no AI technology will ever be able to understand the full extent of human language, but many, such as the guys down at Google Translate might beg to differ. The Google Translate app is now in Beta for its conversation mode which allows people to talk to each other without even sharing a language. They both hear their native tongue being spoken through the phone.

  • Transcription - A transcriptionist is someone who listens to an audio recording of people talking and then types up what is said so that it can easily be read by people later for analysis or presentation. But Google already has technology like Google Voice that can automatically type up any voice into words that can be read. Currently it does this with a free answering machine service that delivers typed up messages after calls come through. At the moment, the technology is still shaky enough that many important mistakes are still made. But given time, these will be ironed out, and it will eventually become much cheaper to use automated software like this rather than an actual person. By that point, transcriptions will be a thing of the past.

  • Phone operators - Many jobs that rely on people answering a telephone such as basic IT or customer support are already slowly being eliminated by AI systems. You can now download entire systems that will create something called phone trees for handling live customers. This is the familiar press 1 to connect to X that you often here when trying to contact your bank, or buy something from a catalog. This job was traditionally done by a person, but increasingly phone operators won't be needed at all anymore as AI systems become smarter and more personable.

The Death and Rebirth of Jobs

As many jobs go the way of the dinosaur, new jobs often emerge as a result. After all, someone has to design, program, and maintain all of these robotic systems.

If you've spent your career in a particular job, it's hard to imagine that job ever changing. But the fact of the matter is that new technology is rendering certain jobs obsolete all the time. Examples of new technologies and the jobs that they will likely render obsolete include the following.

What jobs will disappear in the next 25 years ? - Image 1

Automation Tech

There are many companies working on automating many simple tasks. Companies like Google and Pilz fit this bill, just to name a few. It's now possible to program apps on your phone to automate all sorts of simple tasks including bolting windows, regulating temperature in houses, and turning lights on and off just to name a few.

Many companies are also using motion sensors and software on remote video cameras to automatically message you if there's any reason to believe someone has broken into your house. As a result, many security jobs as they stand now may be a thing of the past. After all, why do you need security guards for an extra pair of eyes when you can simply use automated mechanical eyes instead? These are the kind that never get tired, never fall asleep, and never really miss anything.

AI

When most people think AI, images of the Terminator movies come to mind. But actually, AI is already among us. Although artificial intelligence is still at about the intelligence level of cockroaches in some respects, in others it far outstrips what humans can do. Here's a shot list of jobs that are in danger in the future due to AI technologies.



  • Translation - The hardcore translators will tell you that no AI technology will ever be able to understand the full extent of human language, but many, such as the guys down at Google Translate might beg to differ. The Google Translate app is now in Beta for its conversation mode which allows people to talk to each other without even sharing a language. They both hear their native tongue being spoken through the phone.



  • Transcription - A transcriptionist is someone who listens to an audio recording of people talking and then types up what is said so that it can easily be read by people later for analysis or presentation. But Google already has technology like Google Voice that can automatically type up any voice into words that can be read. Currently it does this with a free answering machine service that delivers typed up messages after calls come through. At the moment, the technology is still shaky enough that many important mistakes are still made. But given time, these will be ironed out, and it will eventually become much cheaper to use automated software like this rather than an actual person. By that point, transcriptions will be a thing of the past.



  • Phone operators - Many jobs that rely on people answering a telephone such as basic IT or customer support are already slowly being eliminated by AI systems. You can now download entire systems that will create something called phone trees for handling live customers. This is the familiar press 1 to connect to X that you often here when trying to contact your bank, or buy something from a catalog. This job was traditionally done by a person, but increasingly phone operators won't be needed at all anymore as AI systems become smarter and more personable.


The Death and Rebirth of Jobs

As many jobs go the way of the dinosaur, new jobs often emerge as a result. After all, someone has to design, program, and maintain all of these robotic systems.

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