Summary of “Are You Developing Skills That Won’t Be Automated?”

A recent study from Forrester estimated that 10% of U.S. jobs would be automated this year, and another from McKinsey estimates that close to half of all U.S. jobs may be automated in the next decade.
The jobs that are likely to be automated are repetitive and routine.
While much has been written about the sorts of jobs that are likely to be eliminated, another perspective that has not been examined in as much detail is to ask not which jobs will be eliminated but rather which aspects of surviving jobs will be replaced by machines.
Consider the job of being a physician: It is clear that diagnosing illnesses will soon be accomplished better by machines than humans.
Like the physician, we can easily parse this job into two components: the repetitive and routine one and the more interactive, unpredictable one that involves listening to and talking with customers.
The functioning of emotion has proven challenging to understand scientifically, and is difficult to build into an automated system.
These are the very skills that employers across industries consistently report seeking in job candidates.
This is a new approach to characterizing the underlying nature of “Soft skills,” which are probably misnamed: These are the skills that are hardest to understand and systematize, and the skills that give – and will continue to give -humans an edge over robots.

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