In Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for the future, most forms of everyday work may require more imagination.
On a recent episode of the “Lex Friedman Podcast,” hosted by MIT computer scientist Lex Friedman, META’s founder and CEO said that as modern technology continues to develop, tech-focused jobs will increasingly dominate the world — just as necessary. Not that type of “tech jobs” one might experience today.
“I think that’s part of what would be cool about the creative economy and the metaverse… [is that] “In the future a lot of people will find work doing creative things that I think today we would consider traditional labor or service,” Zuckerberg said.
His prediction stems from personal experience: When he first launched Facebook in 2004, coding helped “build something useful,” he said. Now, he said, he watches his daughter create “code art,” typing in equations to create visual, artistic expression.
The idea, Zuckerberg said, is not that every future job will involve digital art. Instead, it is that the automation of some basic systems – which enable kids to easily create art through code – will allow people to spend more time on tasks such as creating new products and making old processes more efficient.
The concept itself is not new at all. For years, tech experts have predicted that artificial intelligence will eventually be able to replace humans with relatively mundane tasks, such as compiling spreadsheets or writing native code.
With less time on tasks like gathering and organizing data, people would theoretically be able to spend more time on analysis and brainstorming – which requires a type of creative, critical thinking that artificial intelligence cannot replicate. .
Ernst & Young Global CTO Nicola Morini Bianzino wrote, “These efficiency-boosting technologies are fantastic for eliminating the need for human engagement in time-consuming back-office tasks or physical heavy lifting – allowing humans to focus more on the intellectual heavy lifting.” able to do it.” A blog post from last year.
That change may already be happening: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the implementation of robots into everyday life in toll booths, hospitals and dining halls across the country. In October 2020, the World Economic Forum predicted That data entry, secretarial, accounting, factory and mechanic jobs will be eliminated by machines by 2025.
Overall, 85 million jobs could be lost in the next few years, according to the World Economic Forum report. But that number could be much higher than the reported 97 million new roles created by emerging technology.
Those jobs will primarily be in areas such as digital marketing, business development and data analysis – which require creative and critical thinking skills, the report said.
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