It is true that industrialization has made a lot of manual work redundant. Blue collar workers have faced challenges to reeducate themself or retrain to other jobs. Furthermore, lots of old professions have completely vanished.
With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) the same worries emerge for white collar workers. Those worries have escalated because of the recent developments in A.I.’s front and there is a lot of ongoing debate about the dangers to modern workplace.
Overall, the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the workplace will likely be complex and multifaceted. On one hand, A.I. has the potential to automate many tasks, something which will inevitably lead to job losses in many industries. On the other hand, A.I. is likely to create new job opportunities in technology sectors (such as programmers, etc.) & improve efficiency in many industries.
As such, it is important for workers to be proactive in adapting to the changes and to be trained in the skills that will be in demand in the future. Many of us in the office environment will inevitably face some competition from A.I. automation but it is in our hand to adapt to new roles. For example a copywriter can become an editor: the A.I. will create the copy and the human will manually check it. Similarly a stock photographer will convert to a photo editor and so on. It is pointless according to my view to try to fight the phenomenon. The sooner we realize that A.I. is here to stay, the sooner we will be ready to, not only accept it, but also embrace and utilize it, both the workplace and in our lives.