What does this mean for the nature of work, then?
In the not so distant past, there were no social media marketers, Uber drivers, and social media influencers.
Thus, while new technologies made some jobs obsolete, they can also pave way for more, and hopefully, more fulfilling jobs — it wasn’t that long ago that the majority of us could be found either working with a plow, on an assembly line or on our knees in a coalmine. In fact, at the start of the 20th Century, over 40% of Americans were farmers — today, that number is less than 2%.
Sahota suggests that there will be more need for philosophy and the arts, and not just engineers and scientists.
After all, we can’t teach AI how to connect with people at a deeper level — at least not in the foreseeable future. Thus, the need for the engagement of the human spirit will remain.