There is a famous episode from Netflix’s most famous animated short, “Love, Death, and Robots.”. In that episode, we are introduced to a society in the near future that is dominated by AI working robots. Humans are sitting overweight, with AI robots having control of everyone’s lives. When I watched that episode for the first time,I knew that was going to happen, but maybe in the next 50 years? Little did I know that the future was nearer than I could have ever imagined.
One thing is for sure these days, artificial intelligence is here, and it is here to stay. In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, there is no denying the tremendous impact that artificial intelligence (AI) has had on various industries. From automating repetitive tasks to enhancing decision making processes, AI has demonstrated and proven again and again that it has the ability to augment human capabilities and revolutionize the way we work.
With the rise of AI, there is a sense of fear in the eyes of working employees. AI does make it easier to automate work, but that also means that there will be massive job losses at a global level. However, despite the growing influence of AI, there are certain jobs that are unlikely to be replaced by machines any time soon. In this article from APAC Entrepreneur, we are going to explore some of the jobs and understand why they continue to be vital in a world that will soon be driven by AI.
Lawyers and Judges: The jobs that involves decision making
Such positions have a very strong component of negotiation, case analysis, and strategy involved. A lot is based on the personal experience and knowledge of each specialist.
Such positions require a certain set of skills that require an individual to navigate complex legal systems and argue in defense of a client in court. In the case of a judge, there is a human factor involved when we focus on all the various aspects of a trial and take a final decision that could turn into years of prison for a person.
Creative professionals: Nurturing the human touch
One of the areas where AI struggles to replicate human talent is in the realm of creativity. Creativity comes under jobs that AI will never replace, as professions such as writers, musicians, artists, and designers rely heavily on their unique perspectives, emotions, and imagination to create compelling and engaging stories. Yes, AI can help you generate ideas or even collect data at a scale unimaginable to humans, but it is nearly impossible for AI to give that human touch while creating art.
As said before, AI can certainly generate content,but it often lacks the ability to capture the nuances and emotions that make human creation so special.
Complex problem solving jobs: The power of human intelligence
AI algorithms without a joint excel at processing vast amounts of data and finding patterns within it, but when it comes to solving complex, novel problems that require critical reasoning and judgment, human intelligence still reigns supreme. I do believe that in the near future we will be able to develop AI technologies that can even mimic human intelligence and creativity, but for now all the creative professions are safe from AI overtaking them.
Professions like data scientists, product designers, engineers, researchers, strategists, and consultants rely on their ability to think creatively and adapt to unforeseen challenges. They possess the expertise and intuition that AI systems have yet to fully master.
Jobs involving emotional intelligence: Empathy and Compassion
Therapists, social workers, and counselors are examples of professions that require high emotional intelligence and are unlikely to be replaced by AI. These professionals provide support, empathy, and understanding to individuals facing emotional or psychological challenges. AI such as ChatGPT can easily analyze data and offer recommendations, but it cannot replicate the genuine human connection that is essential in these fields. Showing empathy and compassion towards others and the ability to understand complex human emotions are integral parts of such roles that AI, for the time being, cannot master.
Leadership and Relationship building roles
Leadership positions require a person who has the ability to inspire, motivate, and build strong relationships with the team members. While AI can surely assist with data driven decision making, it cannot replace the charisma and emotional intelligence that make someone a great leader. Qualities such as empathy, trust, emotional intelligence, and kindness are human attributes that are unique to humans and are critical in building successful teams and organizations.
Jobs that are done on unpredictable environments
There are certain jobs, such as those of emergency responders, crime scene investigators, firefighters, and paramedics, that involve operating in unpredictable and dynamic environments where even split second decisions can make a significant difference. These professionals require adaptability, quick thinking, and the ability to handle unforeseen circumstances. While I strongly agree that AI can support data analysis and provide the required recommendations, it surely cannot replace the instinctive human response and adaptability required in such situations.
Two years ago, if you had told me that an AI program called ChatGPT could automate my task and perform other tasks, I would have laughed out loud, but as the saying goes, you don’t realize the significance of something until it actually happens.
Even though AI is developing at an astounding rate, some occupations are unlikely to be completely replaced by machines. Professions that require creativity, complex problem solving skills, emotional intelligence, leadership, and adaptability will remain unique to the human domain. AI can surely assist such creative minds, but it can never replace the human factor completely.