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The jobs of the future… will be what robots can’t do
The jobs of the future will be what robots can’t do

 There are huge gaps in what robots can’t do.  Robots have very bad eyesight (so far). They can see shapes, but not objects like faces, cups or chairs. Pattern recognition is one of the big problems. Another problem – common sense.  Robots don’t understand the simplest things about human behavior . They don’t know that water is wet, or that strings can pull, but not push.

 So two jobs that will thrive in the future are:
 Regarding blue collar workers, repetitive jobs will be wiped out. The automobile and textile industry are in danger. Non-repetitive jobs in blue collar industry will thrive: garbage men, sanitation workers, gardeners, police, construction workers – these jobs will survive.

 White collar work defies common sense: middlemen, low-level accountants, bookkeepers, agents and tellers will be thrown out of work.

 Middlemen – the friction of capitalism – will be obliterated. So who will benefit in the white collar world? Workers who engage in intellectual capitalism, which involves common sense: creativity, imagination, leadership, analysis, telling a joke, writing a script or a book, doing science.

 England derives more revenue from rock music than coal. We are making a transition from commodity based capital, like coal, to intellectual capital like rock and roll.


Dr. Michio Kaku by Big Think 

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