The Best Way To Keep Your Job: Be Human
The NYU psychologist Gary Marcus has been doing some great writing for the New Yorker website lately. Here, his thoughts on how to make sure a robot doesn’t take over your job, now that computers can do so many complex tasks:
“The last bastion for human employment is likely to come from our cognitive strengths of flexibility and creativity, in finding new lines of work where computers replace old ones.
Computers can create new things within an existing genre, but still struggle when it comes creating anything genuinely new, or even solving problems that that haven’t been specifically programed for. Anything that can be automated will, but where we can create new things, there still may be a niche for us to fill.
It’s not too early to start preparing for that future. Curricula that foster creativity—by developing children’s intrinsic motivation for originality, encouraging their intellectual risk-taking and cultivating their metacognitive ability to self-reflect—might be a good place to start.” (Read more here.)
Could your job be done by a computer? (Keep in mind that even the work of professionals like lawyers and accountants is increasingly being automated.) What uniquely human skills do you bring to your work?