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Day two of CompTIA EMEA Conference 2017 began with a keynote speech by CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux outlining the most transformative technologies, the historical context of these advances, and how different sectors, job roles and wider society are likely to be affected.
Every generation thinks they are undergoing huge technological change. Between 1880 and 1920, for example, the rapid introduction of modern medicine, cars and aeroplanes had a huge impact on people’s personal lives. Today’s transformative technologies – AI, autonomous vehicles, robotics and VR – are having direct impact on many industries, job roles and the concept of work.
Thibodeaux argued the five industries most likely to feel impact are:
However, while technology is replacing many jobs, it is not necessarily creating new ones. Only five percent of the jobs created in the last 10 years come from the technology sector, and nine out of 10 workers are in jobs today that existed 100 years ago.
So what job roles are most at risk?
So, what does all this mean for the future of society? There are three possibilities. Firstly, one of abundance and leisure, where governments heavily tax the large technology companies and provide people with a universal basic income. People would become disengaged with work, and reengaged with life.
The second is a world of creativity, not consumption, where people have the time to think more creatively as time-consuming admin is automated.
The third is a more dystopian case of find-work-where-you-can-get-it, with people barely able to cover the cost of living through work. Arguably, this is starting to happen now.
So, what will we do with ourselves? CompTIA is taking this issue incredibly seriously, and is creating a dedicated workforce think-tank to be the voice of the industry in the wake of automation. Stay tuned for updates.