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Will artificial intelligence replace our jobs?
August 2017, Integrated Solutions, Cyber Security, Security Services & Risk Management

Young South Africans are concerned about the impact emerging technology will have on job stability. F5 Networks senior systems engineer, Martin Walshaw, explores the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Martin Walshaw
Martin Walshaw

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are about to revolutionise society in ways we cannot yet imagine. Many will welcome the possibilities brought about by the technological shake-up, but there is also growing uncertainty about the long-term impact on jobs.

The Future of Apps – an F5-commissioned report by the Foresight Factory – recently reported that 30% of South Africans between the ages of 16 and 25 believe their current job could be replaced by AI or robots within the next decade.

While fear of the technological unknown is understandable, it is important to realise that it is not all about supplanting humans in the workplace. Increased automation is an innovation enabler and astute businesses are moving fast to nurture employee skill sets in other areas.

New World Economic Forum (WEF) figures show that 39% of core skills required across industries in South Africa will be completely different in three years’ time. Those failing to rapidly recalibrate workplace development strategies could soon face dwindling productivity levels and profits.

The WEF also predicts a total loss of 7.1 million jobs worldwide between 2015 and 2020, two thirds of which will hit white collar and largely administrative roles. On the flip side, professions in IT, mathematics, architecture and engineering are expected to gain around two million jobs.

Less time-consuming administration will pave the way for jobs with greater focus and influence. To be match-fit for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, companies need to focus on intelligently combining traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skill sets with emerging ICT disruption.

Competition is already intensifying in fields like data analytics. Clearly, businesses need talented individuals to help them harness and draw meaningful insights from massive, exponentially increasing torrents of data. Other areas set to be in-demand will encompass interpersonal skills, such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and educative proficiency. Specifically, there will be a need for technical ability complemented by dynamic social skills.

Getting your recruitment and development strategy right from the outset is essential. According to the WEF, skills related to computing, mathematics and other tech-based specialisms are in short supply and the situation is expected to worsen between now and 2020.

Encouragingly, The Future of Apps report describes how the dangers of a looming skill gap will also prompt a new era of conscientious collaboration. A case in point is last year’s formation of the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society – a collaboration between Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft, the initiative is intended to advance public understanding of the sector and set standards for future researchers.

Public bodies are also adapting. The Future of Apps reports that Members of European Parliament are pushing for the creation of a European agency for AI and robotics to supply public authorities with technical, ethical and regulatory expertise. Similar moves are expected in Africa. Wherever you look, significant change is coming. Companies need to recognise these trends and plan better to future-proof their market relevance. Talent and technology go hand in hand. Now is the time to embrace innovation and put new conscientious skills at the forefront of business.

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Further reading:

  • Back to the future
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    The future is not what it used to be. Rob Anderson looks at estate security in 2027.
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    Technology used to mitigate physical risks comes with its own risks that need to be addressed.
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    Home is where one relaxes and forgets about the stresses and demands of day-to-day life, except if your job is managing an estate and the security of its residents.
  • Managing technology risks for effective estate security
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    Hi-Tech Security Solutions and Rob Anderson hosted the Residential Estate Security Conference 2017 in Johannesburg earlier this year.
  • Effective, PoPI-compliant visitor management
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    Planning for unexpected power outages has become an essential part of any security strategy for residential estates wanting to keep their security running.
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    Working on electrical installations can be dangerous as those that are not properly connected or maintained pose a serious risk to both people and property.
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    Deep Learning has swept through the IT industry, bringing benefits and better classifications to a number of applications. Now it’s changing security as well.
  • Partnering with estates for security success
    September 2017, Elf Rentals - Electronic Security Solutions, This Week's Editor's Pick, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Integrated Solutions, Residential Estate (Industry)
    The team at Elf Rentals considers themselves to be specialist partners in the electronic security sector in terms of the financing, installation and maintenance of security contracts.
  • Dynamic environments require dynamic solutions
    September 2017, Excellerate Services , Residential Estate (Industry), Security Services & Risk Management
    Enforce has a number of success stories within the residential estate market that include the deployment of thermal imaging CCTV cameras with analytics.
  • Surveillance on the move
    September 2017, Doculam, Forbatt SA, Vantage MDT, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, Residential Estate (Industry)
    Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked a few body-worn camera vendors for their insights into whether these devices are suitable for estate security.
  • Expect the unexpected
    September 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
    The scouts’ motto of Be Prepared is probably more suited to those responsible for managing the security of residential estates.

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