In the corporate world, the subject of artificial intelligence is touchy, at best. There is no doubt of its capability to increase productivity and streamline office systems to unparalleled heights.
But what about its impact on the average, everyday employee? Chief among the fears of an AI takeover is the potential for redundancy; after all, if a robot can do the job of a human for a fraction of the cost, why would a business not replace them?
There will never be a replacement for the human spirit. Ever. But in order to counteract the influx of AI in our corporate workspace, there are a few things we should start actively doing.
- Develop a Culture Outside of Work. If you ask anyone on the street to talk about who they are, eventually they will bring up what they do at their work. Instead of defining us by what we do at our jobs, create a life outside of your work that creates a well-rounded persona. Get involved in charity work, start a side hustle, or something else that tells the world you are more than your job.
- Remain Calm. Honestly, no matter how advanced technology gets, there is still we have to learn about how it will impact the world, much less the workforce. Although it can be easy to overestimate the effect AI will have – with some people arguing for massive and wide-ranging repercussions – we simply will not know until robots begin to be implemented more widely.
- Develop New Skills. Despite the potential for AI to take over several jobs that can be automated, such as manual labor or data entry, there are always positions that will not only survive in the age of AI, but flourish. Robots will never be able to replicate touch-sensitive roles, for example, so any job that involves complex communication and sensorimotor work are safe. Moreover, the rise of AI can actually aid creative-intensive occupations, such as art, video, or software development.
- Use AI as a Launching Point. Ideally, humans would learn to embrace burgeoning technologies and use them to their own advantage, automating mundane tasks to free them up to work on more complex – and better – roles. The rise of the Industrial Revolution at the turn of the 19th century heralded faster economic growth than ever before and humans learned to adapt. There is no reason to think we cannot do that again in the present age.