Covid-19 / Fast Track to Automated Living

Covid-19 has propelled parts of our projected future, so that we are living aspects of it today. This future is powered by new technologies, underpinned by artificial intelligence. A consequence of this are job losses in sectors where work involves repeatable processes. Examples include; writing contracts, banking transactions, marking assessments and accounting. Such jobs are increasingly being automated.

However, the realities of the expansive technological reach was at least ten years away, according to futurists like, Ray Kurzweil. He sees a future where humans and machines merge. It’s based on the premise of Singularity. Essentially, it is the response to the speed of technology and its impact on us. In turn, this leads to our lives being totally transformed.

The seeding of this point of view was to give governments and businesses time to develop their, ‘people strategies and plans’. Particularly, around how they will accommodate people who’ve lost their jobs. Whose responsibility is it to retrain and up-skill them so they can participate in our ever increasing, automated world?

Covid-19 has shrunk the planning phase. Over the last seven months the World has intermittently come to a standstill. The word, ‘furloughed’ has spread just like the virus. However, this holding position can’t be sustained indefinitely, as it will disrupt the economy. On top of this, the pandemic has brought on massive job losses. Too many people will be hampered because they lack the digital skills and literacy that are needed to survive and thrive.

Since 2000, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has been urging governments to take action. This is in the form of providing digital literacy education for all citizens, to meet the rising demands. Yet, here in the U.K. the Government is struggling to get off the starting block with delivering this essential education. So here we are, twenty years on, with spiraling unemployment and no coherent, implementable digital training plan.

The absence of such a plan, runs alongside the shift towards a graduate educated workforce. Society’s use of the word ‘graduate’ tends to relate to those who have just left university. And who are in their twenties and thirties. What happens to those who haven’t been educated to degree level and beyond? What about those of us who enjoy being in our 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond? Are we now all redundant from life? Have we been deemed incapable of contributing to our tech driven world?

I certainly don’t see myself in that way. I’m 56 years old and recently finished my self-taught journey to become a software engineer. All the resources I used were free. My current and future realities will involve astrology for emotional intelligence, technology and communication to solve problems and educate others.

Covid-19 will continue to throw up searching questions for governments, businesses and citizens to ask and answer. Examples include, What are the long term implications for societies when state education and having a job, are no longer on the agenda? What type of practices, policies, values, morals and principles will we live by? How will decision makers redress the imbalance around who has access to viable and relevant digital skills?

In terms of individuals, What foundations are you going to lay down to launch yourself into our evolving technological society? Whatever actions decision makers take, spend time scanning the zeitgist to feel the wind of change. Then act on it.

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Bybreen Samuels

Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com.

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Bybreen Samuels

I write about Ageing, Astrology, A.I and Web 3.0, to help improve your emotional wellbeing & raise awareness of how tech is transforming our lives.