Study: The long shadow of Artificial Intelligence

The forecasts are fascinating and gloomy at the same time: In the coming years and decades more and more tasks will be handled by artificial intelligence.

While the enthusiasm of technology and science cheers in the face of overwhelming possibilities, completely different perspectives arise for entire occupations, and especially for the unemployed: numerous occupations are gradually being supplemented or even replaced by technology.

Replacement or support?

In particular, low-skilled workers, who work in the large Amazon warehouses and prepare products for shipping there, could soon be replaced by robots that perform these tasks in an emotionless, fast, efficient and very cost-effective manner.

Even in middle management – such as in government agencies or companies – artificial intelligence could solve the upcoming evaluation tasks – and unlike their human colleagues resort to billions of stored records that reveal patterns and thus put the human experience in the shade.

Those who studied earlier had the best prospects of being able to take on a well-paid job. Since today, however, significantly more people study than in the past, and at the same time increase the uncertainty about their own, the social and the technical future, the decision for the “right” study subject is certainly difficult – even lawyers must fear the future of the competition of machines, especially these scour the legal and judicial data much more efficiently and meanwhile no longer carry out only stupid indexing and comparisons, but are always better able to recognize and evaluate the meaning and context behind the words.

Knowledge fight against the AI

So what else can you confidently study today without ever having to leave the field to the computers and robots?

The answer is difficult – because on closer inspection, applications for the AI ​​can be found in almost all fields – first as a support and later as a substitute for human labor or mental strength.

The solution lies, as so often, outside the strictly limited field of study: If you are prepared to spend the rest of your life getting to know new topics, staying open and flexible, you will probably have better maps in the long term than people who specialize in one field or subject – a topic that may be outdated tomorrow.

Thinking outside the box, an alert mind and the ability to adapt to new developments may prove to be more valuable than the expertise of technical details that only reflect the state of the past science, that is, the past.