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How to Beat the Robots in the Workforce of the Future

How creativity and social interaction can help you beat the black hole of job automation.


December 11, 2014

By Dr. Roy Carriker

The Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford is a world-leading center of pioneering research, debate and policy for a sustainable and inclusive future.

In a recent seminar at the Oxford Martin School, experts presented findings on the susceptibility of future employment to automation and artificial intelligence. While they found many jobs in the future are vulnerable, their research indicated there are two areas that appear to extend beyond the bounds of automation and artificial intelligence.

These two areas? Jobs that require creativity and social intelligence (i.e., the ability to interact with and/or persuade other humans). Interestingly, teaching also showed as one of the stronger career candidates to resist the pull of automation and artificial intelligence.

Why this matters:

No matter what your area of career interest, in making you career choices, you should look for elements in your field that have the potential to bring greater creativity and social intelligence/interaction to your work.

Click here for detailed information on data presented at the seminar.

Says Carriker: An entrepreneur friend of mine once told me: "Learn, earn, return." After 55 years of learning and earning around the world, I am returning.

Roy Carriker is a Teaching Professor and Director of Technology Entrepreneurship in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. He is also a School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems senior executive in residence.

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