Is artificial intelligence really what’s threatening your career?
In a world that is constantly changing and adapting to a fast paced culture, we have become accustomed to technology doing almost everything for us, but never in a million years would we have expected it to take over our jobs.
According to an article written for marketwatch.com, author Quentin Fottrell discusses how Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have both recently expressed their concerns about career opportunities being taken by artificial intelligence machines in the future.
With astonishing statistics such as, “In 10 years robots will kill 25 million jobs”, the article addresses the steady increase of job replacements by automation and artificial intelligence; or for a lack of better word, robots.
However, is the real problem the consistent rise of artificial intelligence machines? Or is it just that younger generations are often taught to become financially successful, rather than embrace their creativity and create businesses that not only pursue their passions, but generate a sense of purpose as well?
Zuckerberg Advises College Graduates to Embrace Their Creativity
In his recent commencement speech at Harvard University, Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook states, “To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge – to not only create new jobs, but create renewed sense of purpose.”
Zuckerberg goes on and explains to the crowd of graduates how the idea of Facebook meant more than just a source of income for him, it was a way to connect people. Even though he was offered a buyout, he rejected it because he wanted more people to be able to connect with each other.
It’s OK to Be Wrong
Many students and graduates are afraid to go out on a limb and pursue their dreams because we are taught at a young age that failure is not an option.
According to Tellman Knudson, a certified hypnotherapist (CHT), getting the correct answer for the first time is the only act that is highly rewarded in most schools. Getting the wrong answer is often punished in a myriad of ways including low grades, scolding and contempt from teachers and peers.
Instead of instilling fear into children, education systems have been encouraged to embrace students’ mistakes and to help them learn from them in healthy and encouraging manners.
Gates, founder of Microsoft, tweeted on May 15, “…if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places. It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved.”
Zuckerberg attests to that account.
“The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can’t keep us from starting,” he states later on in his commencement speech at Harvard.
Although robots, machines, and technology are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society, we must not be afraid to fail, and we must look at mistakes as learning opportunities and chances for growth.
As Zuckerberg concluded his commencement speech, “May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.”