6 ways to survive the growing presence of robotics and AI at work 

SIX effective responses to the growing presence of robotics, computerization and AI; your ‘technology survival guide’.

According to a studRobotiseringy by Oxford University, 47% of all jobs will be taken over by robotics, computerization and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The technology in self-driving cars will undoubtedly lead to truckers losing their jobs, but also lawyers and accountants will be (partly

) replaced by intelligent (AI) computers. Recruiters should be wary of ever-improving algorithms that become more adept at making recruitment decisions. The working world is about to change! Here are six ways to help you create new opportunities for yourself!

1. Embrace your new colleagues

See robots, computers or AI as colleagues. These colleagues can make your work easier. For example, as an ‘assistant’, loading and unloading trucks; in the care industry, lifting patients into (and out of) bed; making complex calculations, for figuring out intricate operations. Or being put to work like Robot Pepper, as a receptionist in a hospital in Luik. This colleague never grumbles 😉

2. Manage the AI 

Get an overview of the playing field and determine which technology should be used. Let a computer make all the calculations on the show floor, then determine yourself which reports are needed. Rate which processes are easier to automate; for example, replace the pre-selection during the recruitment process by an algorithm. But when should you be doing all this? And what kind of technology will fit best within the organisation?

3. Build your own 

Start learning to program on your own. This is an especially good idea for people who might lose their jobs to robots. Forget the idea that only young people between the ages of 18 and 22 can learn how to code! There are some great Coding Academies that you can enter, even If you’re over 50, and have a job soon after you complete the course. Hey, if you can’t beat them, join them!

4. Human link

Help the elderly or patients to deal with their automatic pillbox, advanced wheelchairs or their housekeeping robot. Clue people in to the robot settings, instruct on how to use them and check occasionally that everything is still working properly. Become the human link, the ever-patient teacher. Interpret data and guide others in how to do it.

5. Niche work

Concentrate on a niche where robotization will not work, or on a market that is too small and not scalable (enough). Something that is, therefore, Silicon Valley-proof. For example, go run a yoga resort in Bali, become a funeral director or a top sports masseur. Hmmm… now you’re talking!

6. Hone your strengths

Pull on a robo-suit that allows you to lift 100+ kilos. See what that looks like here. Exoskeletons will not only help people with certain disabilities, they can also help factory workers and soldiers to do certain tasks that were once beyond human power.

In short, there are more than enough ways to learn to deal with these challenges. HR colleagues will see so many new applications bursting onto the scene, and some are already here. Subscribe to the HRTechMeetup and be the first to read all about it! 

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