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5 Things Humans Will Still Do in an AI World

5 Things Humans Will Still Do in an AI World
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Having robots do things around the house sounds pretty awesome, but artificial intelligence taking well-paying jobs from us is another matter. After all, you need that paycheck, right? Don’t worry. Lots of jobs will still require human input and aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Here are five things humans will do in an AI world.


Yes, it’s true that robotics and nanorobotics are hot topics in healthcare innovation. And these technologies can make significant contributions to medicine, ultimately making surgical procedures safer and more effective for patients. But one area of healthcare that will continue to depend on human specialists is psychology. Human emotions involve far too many variables for artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose and treat.

Judges and lawyers

Sure, computers are pretty good at sorting data. And that means they will certainly be able to find relevant documents and cases as needed for reference. But the actual process of representing and judging humans will remain in the hands of actual humans for the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence programming just can’t make the same kind of nuanced decisions that human brains are capable of. Although crimes may seem like only a matter of right or wrong, most cases have a variety of circumstances, nuances and differing points of view from plaintiffs and defendants. AI requires reliable data, which simply isn’t available in every legal case, as well as professional judgment.


Multiple aspects of forming and running a business are skills that robots and computers don’t possess yet. Many factors go into whether a business is successful or not, and oftentimes, success is contingent upon having previously failed many times. Because of that, entrepreneurship and business ownership are not programmable skills. They require drive and vision. They require us to see opportunities that nobody else sees. Often, rather than going on data, entrepreneurs have to make a decision based on near limitless possibilities. And then they have to act, even if there was no “one right choice” to be made. After all, who’s to say what the right product or service is for a new business?

Software engineers

Okay, so technology is the field that’s creating all these smarter and better programs, but why are tech jobs safe? Most people aren’t too keen about a future where robots make all our decisions for us. So people who understand how the technology works will be needed to continue maintaining, programming, and repairing systems. Every AI will need to be programmed for its particular purpose.

Hardware specialists

In addition to programming work, people will be needed to build, maintain, and repair the hardware that houses artificial intelligence. Because AI can be housed in many forms -- robots, machines, computers -- that opens the doors for jobs in several different specialties. Even if machines are able to automate production and repairs of hardware, humans will lead innovation in fields like robotics and engineering. There are plenty of arenas for humans to continue being productive in, well into the AI revolution. And many of them provide fulfilling or well-paying work.

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Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers is the Innovation Consultant at Collective Campus.

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