Roughly 50% of all the jobs on the planet that is how quickly things are about to change.
You might think that this is bull shit, but the Technological revolution is only beginning.
It will have a per found effects on Five Industries.
So its important that beady eye lets academia know that much of the battle ahead will be taking place at their doorstep.
The Power or Energy Industry will change from the inside out.
Technologies will shift utilities around the world from national grids to micro grids that can be scaled from a single home to entire cities.
The industry will go through a long-term shrinking trend and the immediate shift will cause many new jobs to be created.
After that Power generation plants will begin to close down. All remaining Coal plants will begin to close down.
Many railroad and transportation workers will no longer be needed.
Even wind farms, natural gas, and bio-fuel generators will begin to close down.
Ethanol plants will be phased out or re purposed.
Utility company engineers, gone.
Line repairmen, gone.
Next is the Automobile and Transportation Industry.
The first wave of autonomous vehicles will be hitting the roads.
Going Driver less will be with us in the next 10 years.
We will see some of the first inroads made by vehicles/drones that deliver packages, groceries, and fast-mail envelopes.
With over 2 million people involved in-car accidents every year in the U.S. and god only knows how many more around the world it won’t take long for legislators to be convinced that driver less cars are a substantially safer and more effective option.
The privilege of driving is about to be redefined.
Taxi and limo drivers, gone.
Bus drivers, gone.
Truck drivers, gone.
Gas stations, parking lots, traffic cops, traffic courts, gone.
Fewer doctors and nurses will be needed to treat injuries.
Pizza (and other food) delivery drivers, gone.
Mail delivery drivers, gone.
FedEx and UPS delivery jobs, gone.
As people shift from owning their own vehicles to a transportation-on-demand system, the total number of vehicles manufactured will also begin to decline.
Then we have Education.
In 2004 the Khan Academy was started with a clear and concise way of teaching science and math. Today they offer over 2,400 courses that have been downloaded 116 million times.
Now we have the 8,000 pound gorilla in the Open Course ware space is Apple’s iTunes U.
This platform offers over 500,000 courses from 1,000 universities that have been downloaded over 700 million times. Recently they also started moving into the K-12 space.All of these courses are free for anyone to take.
So how do colleges, that charge steep tuitions, compete with “free”?
As the Open Course ware Movement has shown us, courses are becoming a commodity. Teachers only need to teach once, record it, and then move on to another topic or something else.Teaching requires experts.
Learning only requires coaches. So jobs of Teachers – Trainers- Professors will more than half.
3D Printers an object creation technology where the shape of the objects are formed through a process of building up layers of material until all of the details are in place.
Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands of items and thus undermines economies of scale.
It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did during the Henry Ford era.
If we can print our own clothes and they fit perfectly, clothing manufacturers and clothing retailers will quickly go away.
Similarly, if we can print our own shoes, shoe manufacturers and shoe retailers will cease to be relevant.
If we can print construction material, the lumber, rock, drywall, shingle, concrete, and various other construction industries will go away.
Nearly every physical task can conceivably be done by a robot at some point in the future.
- Fishing bots will replace fishermen.
- Mining bots will replace miners.
- Ag bots will replace farmers.
- Inspection bots will replace human inspectors.
- Warrior drones will replace soldiers.
- Robots can pick up building material coming out of the 3D printer and begin building a house.
In these five industries alone there will be hundreds of millions of jobs disappearing. But many other sectors will also be affected.
Certainly there’s a downside to all this. The more technology we rely on, the more breaking points we’ll have in our lives.
For instance driver less drones can deliver people. These people can deliver bombs or illicit drugs as easily as pizza.
Robots that can build building can also destroy buildings.
All of this technology could make us fat, dumb, and lazy, and the problems we thought we were solving become far more complicated.
We are not well-equipped culturally and emotionally to have this much technology entering into our lives. There will be backlashes, “destroy the robots” or “damn the driver less car” campaigns with proposed legislation attempting to limit its influence.
At the same time, most of the jobs getting displaced are the low-level, low-skilled labor positions.
Our challenge will be to upgrade our workforce to match the labor demand of the coming era. Although it won’t be an easy road ahead it will be one filled with amazing technology and huge potentials as the industries shift.
The underbelly of all of this will be that there will be huge opportunities but no pensions or retirement.
It wont be too long before an individual will have the power to destroy the world.
So we will need a new awareness on the consequences of Inequality, Migration, Climate Change, and technological desert in the World.