A lot of debate and preoccupation has been going on around the topic of AI and careers. When machines started to replace manual jobs during the boom of the industrial era, the same concerns existed; many people lost their jobs, so the fear was more than justified, but they also started to think that in a few years all human labor was going to disappear. Yet, here we are.
The same thought process of employees during the industrial revolution is coming back with the introduction of more tangible uses of AI in our daily lives. But, how true is this? Will all the human workforce disappear in the decades to come?
Any advanced computer can put together words and phrases to create a paragraph, but the machine will never know how to do this unless there is a previous script made for it. Or am I wrong? Experts, please correct me if I’m wrong.
OK. Let’s say that the machine can write its own script. What does the text want to achieve? If you want something similar to “insert card in the payment pad to complete transaction,” that might work, but if you’re going to convince someone of doing something or buying a product, transmit a feeling or comfort, or make a person believe a story, then you need a script that a machine won’t be able to make up.
Yes, machines can talk. Amazon is in charge of reminding us that every day, with ads that display the many talents of Alexa. But there’s a voice behind that. Thousands of sounds produced by a human were recorded to make the voice of Siri.
And even if we didn’t need any more human sounds and just recycled the already recorded ones, the reality is that people are still hesitant of talking to their devices in public. And after all the shame of talking to a machine becomes a thing of the past, we know that communication involves so much more than a voice.
Computers can imitate emotions to a certain extent, but, will machines be able to interpret what we say figuratively, ironically, comically, and respond every time to that the right way? We humans haven’t figured out how to respond to each other’s emotions the right way yet, let alone machines.
Medicine seems like an obvious one to not be replaced by AI, but it’s actually considered one of the firsts to go down by many people. The ones that think that obviously don’t know much about medicine. They believe that because you can enter your symptoms on a website and it will throw you a diagnosis based on an algorithm; they don’t need a doctor.
The art of medicine is that; it’s an art, and that’s not an overstatement. It takes a human to treat humans. The complexity of the human brain, body, behavior, and diseases goes beyond a computed algorithm. But the most critical part of this is that patients need to have a relationship with their doctors; otherwise, any treatment will feel like a cold invasion of their bodies and minds. Moreover, intuition is an asset that I consider of maximal value in the practice of medicine.
Not the only ones
There are other careers I can think of, like childcare, psychology, some sports, law, and anything that has to do with romantic relationships (except for Tinder). Communications and medicine might not be the only ones to survive, but they are the ones I can assume that definitely will, and I am glad I am part of both of them.