Some years ago I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on the subject of creativity and education. He asked 'How do we prepare young people for jobs that don't even exist yet'? And with the current debate around AI taking over some jobs currently done by humans, it's as topical a question as ever.
Here are some of the jobs that didn't exist 10 years ago:
Crypto currencies and blockchain
- Speculators and investors
Content moderation for large online platforms
- Surveillance and censorship
- Moderation of user content
- Fact checkers
Influencers and internet celebrities
- Smart resellers
- Selection and packaging of content
- Tastemakers (eg music streaming)
Troll factories and online propaganda
- Producers and distributors of fake news
Not all of these tasks and jobs will still be around in ten years. Some will, others won’t. However, this list emphasizes how far we already have progressed into the massive structural change of work caused by the rise of the internet and advancements in automation – and how some of the new jobs are creative and associated with positive attributes, while others are either slightly strange or downright destructive.