I just installed a plugin that literally cost someone's job.
My client is happy, obviously.
I feel bad, but really I feel kind of good at the same time.
Technology is awesome.
These days there is a lot of hype around automation and the unprecedented rate at which jobs are being lost. To me it's just that - hype. I work in technology, IT, software, creative industries ... whatever you call it. I know how important it is to have highly skilled people to create incredibly complex things: algorithms, UI designs, animations, maps, software and hardware. I also know that we need more people in these industries to fill the incredible demand that exists in the marketplace today.
I don't agree or understand why some people are afraid of losing their jobs to AI or automation. I mean, on one hand, I get it: if you've been a factory worker your whole life and some robot just comes along and doubles your output in half the time you'd surely feel pretty terrible. But that's not to say you can't be trained in operating that robot, or using your decades of experience to optimize it to perform complex tasks just like a human.
The currency of the new-age is the creative brain. Use your unique insights and life experience to creatively solve complex problems.
We need to be positive about this new wave of technology. Out with the old ... In with the new, I say. Let's work towards a future where everyone can have a great job with a great salary and good working conditions. Because that's the future right now. Just look at Google, LinkedIn or Facebook.
And best of all, you don't necessarily need a degree to get a job as a creative. You just need to prove that you can create. I don't have a degree in Computer Science, but I do have a blog and a portfolio. That's what gets me work...
"The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets." - Naval Ravikant