May 29, 2024

Careers in the age of AI

Until we have inexpensive autonomous humanoid robots, anything that can’t be done by a computer (or in a factory) seems like a relatively safe choice as a career path.

The entire home services industry will probably be immune to disruption for a long time because, for example, you can’t ship your plumbing to a factory to be repaired by robots.

But what about non-blue collar jobs or remote work?

Will that all be disrupted by AI?

I don’t think so.

In the white collar / knowledge worker space, I would bet that skills like leadership, persuasion, sales, negotiation, connection, etc will be safe from AI.

Perhaps I lack imagination, it’s hard for me to picture an AI successfully aligning a group of hostile stakeholders, or convincing a bunch of spooked investors not to sell, or persuading a jury that the defendant is guilty.

But what do I know? These are just guesses. We’ll see soon enough!