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Artificial Intelligence: Make sure you’re always a step ahead

As technology advances. How can we avoid being replaced by AI?

From the power shower to the Smartphone. Technology has seen intense advancement over the last few decades. Therefore, it’s only a matter of time until those Hollywood Science Fiction Blockbusters become a reality. That’s right artificial intelligence is on the rise and becoming increasingly popular.

But what is it? AI is currently designed to perform quick tasks from Internet searches. Although, moving forward we can expect to see more from AI. With researchers projecting that a number of occupations (including driving) could be at risk to robots towards the end of the next decade.

It’s only a matter of time before artificial intelligence (AI) starts to give us a run for our money. In fact, the Consulting firm PWC have projected that around 30% of jobs in the UK could be completed by robots by the early 2030s. (PWC, 2017)

The sectors that are in high reagrd to artificial intelligence, include retail, wholesale, transport, storage and manufacturing.

% of jobs taken by artificial intelligence
  • Retail and wholesale — 44%
  • Transport and storage — 56%
  • Manufacturing — 46%
  • Management — 17%
  • Administration — 37%

What difference will AI make?

PWC’s research has also proclaimed that despite taking over a number of UK jobs, the increase in AI, will improve spending and encourage economic growth. However, there is also a chance of an inequality increase. Which will be the main concern. Therefore, the main argument falls upon government intervention for improved education and job matching to counter the threats, cutting the numbers ensuring all parties benefit from the AI takeover, when it hits us.

In the future, knowledge will be a commodity so we need to shift our thinking on how we skill and upskill future generations. Creative and critical thinking will be highly valued, as will emotional intelligence.

John Andrews, PWC

How can we avoid being replaced by artificial intelligence?

Based on PWC’s research, we’ve come up with a few different ideas to ensure AI, doesn’t completely take over. It’s important to adapt, remain in control and keep an eye on technological trends. We’re not suggesting an investment. Just for you to keep on top of the latest trends.

Educational backgrounds and individual skillsets are under scrutiny, as artificial intelligence begins it’s takeover. Personal development becomes even more important. Expand your skillset and don’t sell yourself short. Emotion, attention and impulse are three traits everyone should have in business and no computer can replicate those.

Be adaptable

Display versatility. By keeping up to date with the latest trends you’re able to adapt and improve. For instance, start to boost your leadership skills. Management positions seem to be under little threat in comparison to other positions. We can’t see robots taking up leadership positions — in real life. Developing yourself to become the next leader sets yourself apart further allowing you to become a dependable & trusted influence on your colleagues and peers.

Relationship building

It’s near impossible to predict what artificial intelligence technology will appear like by 2030. However, from looking at todays technology, robots aren’t very emotional. Which is encouraging as relationship building will become more important than ever.

Always look to create new relationships, maintain a network and don’t become forgotten. The more connected you are the more valuable you’ll be — and provided with.

To conclude, based on PWC’s research the government needs to implement change to education, offering more vocational training to help stay ahead of automation. Furthermore, with positive changes to the education and workplace training, it’s possible then that moving to artificial intelligence, could positively impact the majority. PWC further emphasise that the impact could either be positive or negative.

staying a step ahead of artificial intelligenceCrown Gas & Power are a gas supplier to the commercial world. We currently do not supply electricity. This post is based on research to inform and provide an opinion to support UK businesses. Please ensure you research and ensure you’ve fully understood the benefits and implications to you, before making any changes.

If you’d like any information about Crown Gas & Power’s commercial gas supply contracts or Site Works services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0161 762 7744.

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