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Youth talk by saamia

February 7 - 13, 2018
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About a month ago, I read an almost disturbing suggestion in a leading global publication asking: ‘How soon will computers replace The Economist’s writers?’ and this really left me thinking.

The Economist is a magazine that is very beautifully put together, it provides a very realistic approach to major developments in different fields including books, arts, science and surfacing technology, in addition to the pure financial side.

It is scary when there is a strong possibility that artificial intelligence could be ‘smart enough’ to analyse things most humans cannot. This could even mark an end to only algorithm-based performance.

Scarier so, we, the young, have to compete with not only each other, but also, such technological advancements. Therefore, if we are fishing for career paths in academic subjects, it is not only recommended, but integral that we plan our future accordingly.

Gone are the times when you could specialise in a single field and expect yourself to have a comparative advantage over other contenders, it appears.

The marriage between creativity and specialisation is probably one of the only paths to follow. It is the way to keep your job from getting automated and continue protecting your uniqueness.

Perhaps mixing up subjects and specialising in multiple things will be only way to become suitable for multiple job requirements.

But one constantly wonders, will humans still be able to compete in the long run?







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