Artificial intelligence wants your job

From The Rebel:

Legal secretaries, we are told, have a 97.6% chance of being automated. Medical secretaries, have an 81.5% chance of being automated.

But veterinarians have only a 6.1% chance of being automated, and landscape architects have only a 4.5% chance.

Here’s the 2013 study, where the authors estimate 47% of total US employment is at risk.

Young people in particular should aim for jobs that cannot be replaced by a computer program based on the training manual. More.

Reality check: There may be no jobs available for the angry artsies at Asshat U. Possibly, they know that. They may need social extortion and economic rent for survival.

See also: Yes, high tech IS killing white collar jobs

  • Jay Currie

    So my 15 year old home schooler is fixing things…computers, networking systems, cables, BMWs. Fixing things is a weird skill. It is more a cast of mind than anything that can be taught. If the sunshade in the back of the BMWer is not working you take it apart, apply grease and then change out the sun damaged parts. But those cost $120 for two quarter sized pieces of plastic. So you find a hunk of plastic and carve new ones.

    Very little of that will be or can be robotized. An awful lot of the duller bits of the law – think mortgages – already have been.

    Arts degrees, well taught, are very useful in that they give a broad perspective on the past and thus the future. Unfortunately I would be hard pressed to name a Canadian university where that would not be offset by SJW/PC rubbish. A decent library and the internet will cover most of the information. Where you might find the people to talk to it about is not obvious.

    • V10_Rob

      Look to the hacker/maker movement. A lot of major cities seem to have them, a network of do-it-yourselfers and backyard mechanics and computer geeks. Big on self-improvement and skill acquisition.

      They tend to be a somewhat hipsterish crowd, but as most of them have jobs in the trades or hobbies that use unforgivingly dangerous equipment, they’re more in touch with reality than most.

      • Jay Currie

        There is a good MakerSpace in Victoria we go to. Great place with lots of useful equipment and advice.

    • Brett_McS

      Probably on-line courses will provide access to top teachers that few would normally have access to. It’s easy to imagine a really good teacher becoming very rich indeed by offering cheap courses to millions of students over the internet.

      • Jay Currie

        Absolutely Brett. Plus, when the hood release cable broke there were six You-Tube videos on how to get the hood open to fix it. But you have to be a bit careful: the first one suggested using an angle grinder to cut through the hood…er, no.

    • mauser 98

      good mechanics fix things. .. technicians replace parts
      Top Gear show traveled Vietnam .. fixed motorcycles in mud huts electricity.. brilliant mechanics

      most universities should be shut down… fraud

      • Jay Currie

        Dead right on mechanics v. techs. The BMW my son is working on is old enough that it actually has a lot of fixable things. At the same time it is new enough to have basic computer diagnostics. So Sam sent off to China for assorted cables and set up a laptop with the correct dealer level software. It is not perfect but it beats the heck out of giving a white lab coated BMW tech $500 bucks to discover the brake pad sensors need replacing. $20 part, an hour or two of 15 year old time.

        • mauser 98

          BMW part made in Germany.. on way over here it turns to into gold

          • Jay Currie

            LOL…happily there is eBay and one of the leading BMW wreckers twenty fun to drive miles down the road.

          • mauser 98

            Germans love to hide fuses , electrical connections, relays, etc. in weird places…???

  • V10_Rob

    Look for fields that robots and software can’t do, where a human is still needed to think.

    But also look for fields that can’t be offshored, where a human is still needed to put their hands on or in something.

  • cdnmohamhater

    they better be bilingual and a minority group or the federal, provincial, and civic governments won’t consider them eligible.

  • BillyHW

    There will always be jobs for government bureaucrats.

  • Edubeat

    Porn Stars?

  • Ron MacDonald

    There will always be a need for electricians, plumbers, carpenters, cooks, machinists, etc. Learn a trade, then go into business for yourself and you will do fine.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Work in something that requires face to face contact, like cardio pulmonary rehab.