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Emerging technologies have dawned new possibilities for efficient and flexible working conditions across many industries. While many embrace this evolution, some in existing positions fear that automation can lead to mass redundancies and job loss. Rather than follow this defeatist mentality, workers should focus on the aspects of human labour that most technological advancements will struggle to replicate anytime soon.

Emotional Intelligence

As countless AI-themed movies would suggest, one of the most significant hurdles when creating artificial intelligence is replicating human emotion. With the ability to read minuscule facial expressions and body language cues, humans are significantly more effective in dealing with people and managing their feelings. Roles such as lawyers or psychologists require high emotional intelligence that is yet to be replicated in any automation.

Creative Problem Solving

Computing intervention is made for problem-solving, but achieving this is only possible with the solution built into the program. So how can a computer solve a problem without the answer programmed inside? Or, more so, how can they find potential issues that need solving without being prompted? Roles within marketing, design and research require creative problem solving and lateral thinking to find innovative solutions. With technology far from replacing this exclusively human trait, people holding these roles will find little intrusion from automation.

Unpredictable Physical Work

One of the most practical uses for automation is physical labour that is often repetitive or predictable. However, technology can struggle to keep up when work occurs more spontaneously. Roles in agriculture and construction consist of various unpredictable tasks done on the fly. Despite assisting these industries for years, automation is yet to replace these primary roles.

Automation has been a hot topic in recent years, whether from a pessimistic or optimistic viewpoint. Workers need to align themselves with the latter, as technical advancements aim to be positive additions that simplify life for workers. To avoid job losses, reskilling and educating workers to operate alongside technology is the way of the future.

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