I would like to introduce you all to my friend Bruce Oberhardt. Bruce is a brilliant and creative scientist. Please check out his bio below. It is fascinating to me what he does and how he speaks, teaches and explains his ideas. He brought the following article to my attention and I thought it was intriguing so here goes, time for sharing with all of you. You will see some of Bruce’s comments. What do you think? What are the special human ingredients that a machine can’t take away or can they? What about if we focus on those ingredients like love, creativity, and compassion?
Job Replacement by Robots
By Bruce Oberhardt
An interesting article about Artificial Intelligence (AI) titled: “The Five Jobs Robots Will Take First” appeared on February 26th 2017 on Linkedin.
1 – Middle Management
2 –Commodity salespeople (Ad Sales, Supplies, etc.)
3 – Report Writers, Journalists, Authors & Announcers
4 – Accountants & Bookkeepers
5 – Doctors
I agree with Numbers 2 and 4, but I believe it will be a long time before “multifaceted” middle managers (No. 1) can be replaced. This is because these managers are inspiring, motivating, empathetic, and often good problem solvers. Combining these capabilities is a long way down the road for AI. Creative writing in No.3 will not be within AI capability for a long time, either, and when it is, I am not sure that AI literary creativity and stage presence, e.g. on TV, will be as appealing to humans as would other humans. Regarding replacement of Doctors (No. 5) it appears to me that AI will soon aid physicians, so they will not have to enter info on tablets when they talk to patients. The AI will do all of this, so the physicians can look the patients in the eye and focus on what appears to be wrong and consult with AI later by speaking with the AI system, which will have immediate access to massive world-wide data bases relating to similar medical problems, treatments, and outcomes.
In addition, and unrelated to the article, in my book: “DRAGONFLY THINKING, Problem Solving for a Successful Future” [See: http://bruceoberhardt.com/ ] complex problem solving is mentioned in Chapter 24 as one of the very last jobs or capabilities to be replaced by AI.
Another occupation that will take a long time to replace by AI is that of hair stylists. A hair stylist is artistic, has fine motor skills, and is part therapist. This combination would be very difficult for AI in the foreseeable future. There are also other creative and intuitive skills that people have and that we do not understand very well, certainly not well enough to program into a computer or rather to create a computer that could enable such capabilities. It should also be mentioned that human thought, unlike computer thought, is graded. That is, some thoughts have higher significance or emotional content than others, such as those that enable one to wake up from a dream with a wonderful idea.
Dr. Bruce Oberhardt, a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur, is known for promoting creative thinking and has been involved in recent years in consulting and biomedical technology incubation. He has led and/or participated in a number of first-of-a-kind technological developments including the extremely successful “CoaguChekR” product sold worldwide by Roche, and recently through Amazon. He has developed technologies to help in diabetes, blood diseases, cardiovascular disease, and cancer – products based on these technologies are currently saving patients’ lives daily.
He has won numerous awards, such as the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Contribution and the North Carolina Biomedical Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Dr. Oberhardt is the author of a book published in 2013, titled: “Dragonfly Thinking, Problem Solving for a Successful Future”. Both printed and eBook versions are available on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com, and the eBook version is also available as an Apple product. Dr. Oberhardt recently conducted an Apprenticeship Program in Problem Solving as a volunteer for Citizen Schools, a multi-state nonprofit organization focused on helping students in public middle schools in low income communities discover and achieve their dreams. He is also helping companies and associations, large and small, by conducting workshops and training sessions on how to solve big, important problems – in other words – Dragonfly Thinking! See: www.dragonflythinking.com.