Self-driving Teslas and beer delivery trucks are cool. They will also contribute to the obliteration of an entire class of jobs, with a cascading effect; if truck drivers disappear, there's no need for the things truck drivers spend their money on between points A and B. "Truck stop waitress" is not a growth industry.
What other jobs are endangered by, or safe from, the rise of automation and AI? In this video from online think tank Big Think, Dr. Michio Kaku breaks it down:
Under the "intellectual capitalism" model, it seems design is safe, at least for now, and depending also on where you focus your design efforts. It goes without saying that AI and software are better at working out wall thicknesses and where the supporting ribs should go, but they're not so good at starting Kickstarter campaigns. "Design entrepreneur" is, I hope, a growth industry.
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