Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Automation Will Take Every Job It Can

400 years ago, Francis Bacon said knowledge was power. If Francis lived today, I think he’d change his mind.

The computational know-how that helped put a man on the moon was just six megabytes. About 1% the size of your Facebook app.

The size of the internet is roughly 15.000 exabytes. For reference, the Library of Congress (the largest library in the world) could fit inside cyber space over a 130 million times.

In short, we have access to an ocean of knowledge that no living human could ever hope to soak up.

But a machine could.

While conventional computer can only read one book at a time, quantum computers are being developed that can read an entire library at once.

This means that robots aren’t only threatening to replace farmers, factory workers and delivery people, but also lawyers, bankers and doctors. Lawyers are after all nothing but glorified fact finders (and I should know, I have a masters in law).

If an algorithm can do it faster, cheaper and without taking a break, why pay a human to do it?

Professions that once offered the greatest job security are now at risk of disappearing into the mechanical clutches of machines.

So how do you find job security?

By staying away from standardised lines of work and focusing on career paths that demand human skills.

And as luck would have it, most employers are looking for people who feel good to be around. (Being an expert at the job is a given.)

These soft skills can’t be found in a school curriculum, so ask yourself this: what do you look for for in a boss, colleague and friend?

You’ve just described the person who is most likely to keep a job, and the person you want to be.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach