sachin kamat

Director- Employee & Customer Engagement, Enrich Hair & Skin Solutions Pvt Ltd

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What are the three things that can each one of us (given our profession and life station) do to flourish in the future that McAfee describes

McAfee has laid out the plain facts - technology will take the monotonous and the drudgery linked jobs out of the system - so, the mainstream educational system, which currently churns out folks to do just this needs to change swiftly - when that happens there will be better and more engaging and satisfying jobs for everyone

Now for the big question and responsibility: How does each one of us identify and do our bit in this to make this happen.

Can you state your profession & your station in life (parent, student, ) and list down three things that you could do

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    Jul 2 2013: Jeff, you make a good counter point!
    But you seem to be suggesting that the market/system will sort itself out. That seems unlikely -if you see McAfee's talk he provides data for the past several decades that indicates that the folks that only know the jobs (that are disappearing) are worse off and have limited or no alternatives. Which regresses them and the people/ families who depend on them
    For the new generation, what you suggest is likely, but not for this, affected segment.
    • Jul 3 2013: thank you Sachin. I do believe the system will sort it out... and besides that is the role of the government in keeping things stable. No government will want to keep unemployment rates high because it will be bad for the economy and therefore they will always do something to keep these people moving/working (not that its always successful). After watching his video he did mention things that will keep people afloat with jobs and that is the continuous development of skills relevant to the world which i believe is very important to the affected segment. AFter watching his data i realize i don' t have the skills to understand what he means fully (graphs)... However despite the downward trend in what he is proposing, the market is still producing products at a very high rate and people (despite automation) are still buying them and sustaining the market! What is to account for this?? I don' t know really since I am not an economist.
      One thing i noticed though is that his talk seems to be focused on the US economy... I don't know how applicable this is for other economies.. they might be headed into the same direction but by then strategies might have been devised to avoid this.
  • Jul 1 2013: Havn't watched McAfee's lecture yet. But, i think his reasoning is somewhat flawed to some extent. He would have to presume that jobs are limited, and technology will soon take over. If that is true then we are in big trouble.

    But jobs won't be limited.... technology generates new jobs. A long time ago there were only civil engineers.. because of the development of electronics, we soon had electronic engineers (new job)... then came in microchips (new job specialty)... so whats next?... quantum computers? (new job specialty yet again)... or lets look into flight... planes spawn the development of aeronautical engineers... then rocket flights (no idea what to call them).... if we soon develop real space flight (it is another job specialty waiting to happen). Physicians: a long time ago there were only GPs, then came in specialist in every organs... radiologist, pathologists, oncologist... an offshoot (biomedical engineer), molecular medical biologist....only time can tell what new specialty can appear next.. I just think that we will never run out of jobs. Old jobs will soon be taken over by machines but new ones will always be created. It is not our generation's role to fill up these new jobs. Our work is to create them. The new generation of human progeny will take up the role... they will then create new roles and their progeny will fill that role and so on....

    The educational system will adapt to these changes because education in itself is driven by demand. If there is a demand for these kind of talents, you bet universities will develop the curiculum and/or training for it. If the educational department is slow, I bet the private sector (industries) will develop the talent themselves and push schools to develop the manpower soon to fill up the niche.