Time and again, technology has proved to be a disruptor.
With conversations shifting to robots, automation and artificial intelligence, should we worry about jobs disappearing?
Before you say yes, think about how jobs evolved in the past: While you won’t find ‘blacksmith’, ‘weaver’ or ‘chimney sweep’ in the ‘Wanted’ ads anymore, you will find new careers such as app developer, drone operator, sustainability manager, solar engineers, social media manager and wind turbine engineers.
It’s all happened before and it may happen yet again, that technology makes some jobs obsolete and produces new ones. The challenge for societies and companies is to develop skill development institutions and career paths that support workers.