I watched a really interesting documentary on UK TV on Monday evening that really underlines the message I and my colleagues at DS Domination and Options Domination have been talking about for some time.
The documentary by the BBC’s Panorama team was entitled: Could A Robot Do My Job?
If you’re able to watch via the BBC’s iPlayer, here is the link WATCH HERE
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Here are some of the main points:
As the title suggests the film was about the incredibly fast rise of technology and how it’s already affecting the way we work and live and how that’s likely to develop over the next 10 – 20 years.
A few quotes:
- Baroness Morgan (Chair person for the digital skills committee UK) “A lot of white collar will disappear or be transformed. The current system of education and training cannot cope”
- Digby Jones (British businessman and politician, who has served as Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment) “Get used to the fact that you might have 5/10 jobs in your life and they might be in different geographic places. Be adaptable get used to learning a new adaptation of your skills – skilling up now needs to be ongoing”
The documentary also looked at driver-less taxis (already available in parts of the USA). Driver-less commercial vehicles (the UK government is investing £100 million in this – Jaguar, Landrover, Audi and Google are investing heavily in driver-less technology – Google have logged 1 million miles on their driver-less cars so far). Driver-less trains – already happening.
- Over the last 15 years technology has replaced 800,000 UK jobs but has helped create 3.5 million new jobs.
- A third of UK jobs (10 million) are at risk of going over the next 10- 20 years due to technological advances.
The jobs most at risk are the less specialized, less well paid, less skilled jobs as these are easily replaced by automation.
While The Industrial revolution’s machines replaced physical labour, the new technolgiocal revolution is replacing white collar jobs – administrative, accounting, secretarial, banking, travel agency work.
Two professors from MIT predict that we are going through the most significant changes in human history.
They say that there is no worse time to have only “ordinary/middle skills” but no better time to have special skills – entrepreneurial skills in particular but also creative and digital skills.
Entrepreneurial skills they state are the engine of job creation and has to become part of our education systems very soon. They predict that companies will emerge that are super rich but which have very few employees.
All this is exactly what DS Domination and Options Domination are about. Not just to show people how to start an online business but how to re- skill for the digital economy where this exponential growth in technology is creating Opportunity the likes of which we have never seen.
Basically folks – digital just makes EVERYTHING easier. Computer based technology doubles in power and speed every 2 years.
Where do you think all of this desperately needed education will come from? The government? No way – not fast enough and they know it.
It will come from entrepreneurs who are already miles ahead. They will be the ones who will lead and profit from the digital evolution – the education and all the products that will be sold (on the internet)