In the course of my blogging I’ve “met” many people; one, Aline Kaplan, seems to see eye-to-eye with meon many employment issues (and, in fairness, not so much on some other issues… but then, that’s life!). She and I seem to have acted as mutual foils, and each has written essays that have spurred the other to follow through and build on the concepts. It’s been interesting!
In her recent post, The Robot Chronicles Times Two, she links to both her and my essays about robots / AI, and the looming Jobpocalypse. Thanks, Aline, and here’s hoping we can generate some traffic on this. Perhaps more importantly, perhaps we can prompt some serious and sober discussion and thought about the fact that while technology has always displaced people from their existing jobs (which, in principle and historically, has not been a bad thing), this time the scale, scope, and pace of technology replacing people is utterly unprecedented in human history. Ordering FLANK SPEED! into uncharted waters where multiple lookouts can already see, and are pointing out, breakers on reefs entails a great deal of risk both to the rank-and-file people manning the ships, as well as those giving the orders to do so.
And no discussion of the Jobpocalypse would be complete – IMHO of course – without also mentioning Neil Patrick, who runs a great career-related blog, is one of the high-ranking job search / career development people in the UK… and who, I believe, coined the twitter hashtag #dearrobots in his commentary also expressing concerns about technology not augmenting, but replacing, people. (And on the topic of careers; Neil and another fantastic career coach, Marcia LaReau, have a book coming out soon about the new career landscape and how to plan for it… watch out for it!)