If you’re worried that your job will be replaced by a robot one day, here’s some helpful advice.
According to a management professor at Babson College, recent graduates have two options to survive in the age of automation: either get as close to or as far away from computers as possible.
“You’re going to have to work closely with computers or do your best to avoid them. If you do the former, you need to get familiar with the logic of computers, what they do well and what they don’t. If you choose the alternative, choose something unlikely to be done well by computers any time soon, like creative or empathetic work.”
As for finding work that is unlikely to be automated in the immediate future, Davenport also suggested people seek employment in something so narrow where no one is likely to pour the necessary capital into automating it: “We heard about a lawyer who focuses on cases about malfunctioning automatic garage door openers. That is pretty narrow.”
For those seeking more career advice on surviving the reign of the robots, Davenport recommends speaking directly with employers to identify which aspects of the business they anticipate will be automatized, and adjusting accordingly.
Of course, some jobs are already being replaced by robots today. Avoiding any overlap between their duties and your career description might not be such a bad practice.