A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by Joseph Pistrui discusses how the trend of technological automation has many fearing for their jobs, but that creative, strategic or analytical thinkers need not worry:
“On the other hand, work that requires a high degree of imagination, creative analysis, and strategic thinking is harder to automate. As McKinsey put it in a recent report: “The hardest activities to automate with currently available technologies are those that involve managing and developing people (9 percent automation potential) or that apply expertise to decision making, planning, or creative work (18 percent).” Computers are great at optimizing, but not so great at goal-setting. Or even using common sense.”
In fact, as new technology automates that tactical, administrative tasks, creative, imaginative, and strategic workers will have more time to focus on the high-value parts of their work that machines can never replicate.
“For example, a study in Australia found a silver lining in the automation of bank tellers’ work: “While ATMs took over a lot of the tasks these tellers were doing, it gave existing workers the opportunity to upskill and sell a wider ranges of financial services.””
You can read the entire article at the Harvard Business Review.