miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017

The end of jobs: A bigger problem than we think

Several studies began to point towards a decrease of people employed due to automatisation a couple of years ago. These results ignited a debate on  the future of employment, where some people have taken a more positive view hinting that at the same time that some jobs could dissapear other could emerge. One of the areas of hope for the provision of new kind of jobs for the susbtitution of the old ones is the IT sector. Furthermore, from the political level they are sending continuous messages about the lack of IT specialists

Thinking about IT fields where new specialist are needed, it is easy to point immediately to Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity. The former looks as essential for the automatisation and redesign of activities, while the later seems as highly demanded to stop the continuous cyber attacks some high profile companies and institutions are receiving. Unfortunately, it looks possible that those who think that has existed an overestimation of the IT jobs gap are close to the truth.

What could failed? Why in a highly automated world the demand of digital jobs would be not as high as we expected? The answer is that automatisation could devour itself. To begin with cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence is at the heart of a new generation of cybersecurity products that "helps analysts to boost their accuracy and shorten their reaction time".  But same could be said regarding Artificial intelligence itself, the shortage of AI specialist is quickly filled by cloud companies as Google to provide AI on demand services.

Although I´m on the side the optimists who think that automatisation will bring new jobs on the medium term, news as those described above fill you with blue for some time. We will need to fight hard in order to maintain a working space for human beings.

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