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Are Humans the face of the Future?

What do these four jobs have in common – Digital Implant Designer, Decision Support Worker, Drone Experience Designer and a Local Community Coordinator?

Right now you are probably still trying to digest what was just asked. You are now most likely trying to contemplate a response and your main thought would be: are these even jobs? And the answer to this is no not yet, but with technological progression comes opportunity and adaptation moving into the future for employers and employees. It is crucial to remain viable in an ever-changing world.

But should technological progression be at the expense of human capital? Absolutely not. As presenters Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter from Future Crunch explains, the electric automotive giant, Tesla, came to this realisation after an over-commitment on technological advances. In a Twitter post on 14 April 2018, Elon Musk the co-founder of Telsa stated “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated”.

With this admission from a billion dollar organization and as we cast an eye towards the future, both technological advances and human resources will need to work hand-in-hand and both facets will require a level of adaptability. Too weighted on either side, that being the technological or human front, and potential issues can arise for an organisation. Which leads us to ponder the potential jobs of the future as stated at the beginning of this article. Is there a balance in these jobs? Do these positions require a balance?

At this stage it is hard to tell as in essence these are only concepts and there is an element of “crystal-balling” when predicting the future. Planning for the future is crucial. One thing is for sure though, the human race isn’t going away and we will need to be adaptable to an ever-changing landscape.

Joe Sinnott, 2020 Participant

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