Sociologists are convinced that the machines will take 75% of jobs in the next 15 years. Yuval Noi Harari, a world-famous futurist, predicts the emergence of a new class of “useless” people with no jobs for them. Sounds incredible, right?
The global market is changing rapidly. Many professions have already become extinct due to the job automation. Most of the skills that children acquire in school now won’t be needed in the future. Read more to find out how to prepare your child for professions that don’t exist today and how books may help you.
Jobs that will be replaced by robots
Technology is developing at a breakneck pace. Smart machines work at factories, help people with household duties, and even entertain us! In Japan, people even live together with robots as a family! Robots have ceased to be a soulless heap of nuts capable of performing primitive functions.
It’s much more profitable for the employer to automate production than to pay employees and bear the cost of social insurance. Moreover, the machine doesn’t get tired, has no needs and always works efficiently.
Professions that will disappear soon:
- Factory workers;
- Cashiers and sellers in stores;
- Bank employees;
- Office clerks;
- Security guards;
This means that millions of people around the world will have to retrain and find themselves in other areas.
Jobs of the future
It’s obvious, that professions that could be substituted by mathematical algorithms will die out.
But creative people with good imagination will always stay in demand. Furthermore, the mass robotization will increase the value of purely human qualities – sincerity, empathy, and kindness.
Future professions in demand:
- Professional companion;
- Life Coach;
- Living systems architect;
- Designer of virtual worlds;
- Neurointerface robot control designer;
- Transmedia product architect.
But there is an upside to all this too. People will have much more free time in the coming years, because all heavy mechanical work will be taken over by the machines.
What about reading?
The mind of a modern human is fragmented: we prefer brief headlines over the long articles, pictures over text and videos over graphs. It has become difficult for us to perceive large amounts of information. Every year more and more children face the following problems:
- Focus problems;
- Bad memory;
- Lack of conceptual thinking;
- Late start of speaking.
Modern children know how to use a tablet, but are not able to build a cube structure or come up with a long, connected story. They struggle writing by hand because they don’t feel such a need. And it makes perfect sense, because the text can be typed on the phone.
In the pre-digital era, the child’s psyche was formed under the conditions of information deficiency. Now it is formed under the conditions of information excess. Unfortunately, this leads to the development of digital dementia. We can read and understand what is written, but we can no longer recall the information in much detail. Consequently, the intellectual tasks that a person has to solve become more difficult each year.
Torrance test of creative thinking
As for the imagination, the modern generation is worse still. Kyung Hee Kim, a teacher at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, analyzed the results of the Torrance test of creative thinking among schoolchildren over the past 50 years. It turned out that in 2008, 85% of respondents had worse results than 20 years ago.
According to Kim’s research, the biggest decline affects creative elaboration, the measurement which assesses the ability to take a particular idea and expand on it in an interesting and novel way.
“Children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle,” the conclusion reads.
These are very disturbing symptoms because the brain is a muscle that needs to be trained. And, in this area, the power of a good book is unbeatable. It is reading that develops imagination, creative thinking, and emotional intelligence – the three most demanded qualities in the future. The only problem is how do we get our kids to read, when reading rates are declining all over, even among the adults.
Nicola Read2play is a good example of a modern technology that’s been combined with traditional values to create a powerful learning tool. This application is designed to develop a child’s habit of reading. And it’s focus is not on social media, and not on brief headlines, but on good old books.