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Job killer 4.0

Debates on the macroeconomic implications of the new technology divide the economists and scientists.

It´s Progress. Come On!

On the one hand, the positivists argue that until now, each industrial revolution created much more jobs than it destroyed. In the past, the industrial revolutions 1, 2, 3 enhanced always our work and lifetime. The creative destruction empowers progress. That’s their credo. But many evangelists 4.0 are also the stakeholders and keynote speakers of the industry and investors. These professional protagonists promise plenty of new smart jobs and simply hush up the speed of the 4th digital revolution. This speed is the real challenge for everybody. Even for the global players. That’s why they privilege short-term strategies. 

For Early Adopters Only

Did anyone anticipate 2001 the Google empire, the Facebook galaxy or the Second Machine Age? Did we imagine 2001 the MOOCs, Clouds, Amazon, the Google car and 3D printer? Change is coming faster than ever before, too fast for the ordinary working woman or man to adopt the new prerequisites at the speed of evolving technologies.Trapped in the daily work/life balance mess, under permanent performance pressure or lost somewhere inside the organization, there is no time left for a multi-sided learning course.  

Thus, only the new entrants on the labour market with fresh STEM and digital skills are agile enough to jump on the runaway train. The heroes of the Silicon Valley success stories are independent young men integrating the algorithm dynamic into their mindset before assimilating the office and process constraints. 

Future of AI/robotics

Too Fast, Too Complex for Human Brains

On the other hand many digital scientists and specialists like Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson, the digital entrepreneurs and experts Bill Gates and Elon Musk, researchers and economists like Michael Osborne and C.D. Frey are convinced that this 4th industrial revolution destroys much more jobs than it will create. The transition will not be soft and simultaneous. Except a small minority, the 21st-century workers are totally unprepared for the upcoming challenges. 

Job killer at Work

Wherever you work, there will come one day a smart Millenial inventing a software that competes what you are doing. With efficient SEO technics, Startups are filtering all activity sectorsAfter the manufacturing jobs already killed, office and service jobs at large scale are particularly profitable for automation and everything that can be automated will be automatedTheir next disrupting app will probably convince the global investors and convert your job in an automated process. Many of us are in contact with these new automated processes. We are ordering our food and drinks on our iPads, appreciate Uber, the virtual receptionist and the 24/h Amazon delivery. But most of us ignore the deep impact on the local and global labour market.

The Brave New Labour Market

Smart machines “manufacture” intelligent things in smart factories. Drones and cyber bots handle, transport and deliver them just in time and on demand. This is not the future; this is now. Of course, there is still some need for human intelligence, as long as it can´t be replaced by AI. Software designers, developers, data architects, big data analysts provide the creativity and innovative thinking that the global investors and the local companies need in order to generate new profits. 

And the others? Nurses, dentists, surgeons, plumbers, electricians and even CEO´s are still “wanted”. But what about the million of skilled or unskilled workers without any STEM and digital competency? Smarter software is doing their work faster, cheaper, better and 24/7 whether they are wearing white or blue collars and, anyway, the 21st-century collar will be a huddie. 

Breaking Free from the Educational Factories

The 21st technology is likely to reshape labour markets in the long run and to reallocate the types of skills that the workers of tomorrow will need. It´s the last chance for our educational system to break free from the 19th-century educational factories and to fulfil at least its primary mission: Preparing the upcoming generation for the future challenges. The future is unpredictable. Right. But there are some trends. Is there any institution in old Europe offering a curriculum for these jobs 2020?


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