I have already made a blog post on the subject of technological development and how it influences job creation, job cuts, job distribution, and the like. That one was targeted enough at the medical world based on a specific article. This one is also targeted at the world of Internet, so I thought it has plenty to add to the conversation.
This time, the article that came to my attention and started it all is called “Connected machines will create better jobs” and was published on the Raconteur website and distributed in The Times in March 2017. My first care was to understand exactly what connected machines are and my second one was to see whether I would be adequately convinced that they can and will create jobs, let alone better ones. I will not get much into details and specifics, as those who are interested already know them and those not interested might not comprehend them, but I will cover my two concerns, give my personal opinion and a little food for thought at the end.
“Connected” refers to the connection of any device to the Internet. We’re talking about literally any device and then some, from washing machines to jet engines, from control systems to water utility’s pipes, and from heating systems to… bottles. Many things that we knew as products will be developed in a way that they will become almost services. For instance, installed sensors will immediately detect a possible dysfunction or smartphone users (that is, the majority of developed countries’ populations) will be able to instantly have a full info on a device or product with the adapted sensors.
“Better jobs” refers to the shift in the profession-world demand. Arguably, manual workers fear for their job. This shift goes towards specialized personnel, such as marketing experts, data analysis experts, staff educators, product managers, designers, security specialists, hardware and software developers and quite a few others whose profession title is not necessarily widely understandable!
So, technically, the article’s title is correct, as – technically – a specialized job can be considered “better” than a manual, unspecialized one. From my experience, I have met so many unemployed and struggling young university graduates that this only seems hopeful for newer generations that are far more qualified – at least, on a theoretical level – than previous ones, and extremely familiarized with new technologies since very early in their life; this means that they already have well-shaped ideas and concepts about what they want to create and how they want to improve what they have already used.
The coin will always have two sides, of course, just as the world will always be moving – hopefully forward.
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