Underrated: Vocational training


Article Summary

In the article at issue, the author cites a changing nature of global employment due to a rise in automation, and suggests that trends like education should change in accordance. As a result of the prowess of AI in the world, jobs that are repetitive and computational are at risk, like accounting, and cleaning homes and offices. However, jobs that require a degree of creativity and artistic sense, like sculpting, painting or hairdressing, are those not at the high-automation-risk end of the spectrum. The difference in these two categories of jobs lies in the nature of requirements to be able to successfully execute the both of them. In the case of computational and ‘boring’ jobs, data sequences exist which may easily be taught to machines. However, when creativity and innovation is required, machines often fall short, and it has repeatedly been seen that even when machines created ‘art’, it was a replication of a set of instructions handed out to them. Thus, the ‘creativity’ or dexterity of machines are not actually imaginative, they are more of the nature of code manipulation. In the face of this changing employment reality, the author says that more students should be encouraged to study non-STEM, as STEM jobs are at the highest risk of automation in the future.

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Words to learn from this article:

Automation: delegation to, or completion of, a job by a machine, without human support.

Obsolete: something no longer relevant to current times.

Apocalypse: an episode involving mass scale destruction.

Overblown: too exaggerated in proportion.

Dexterity: flair and deftness.

Epoch: a period of time, aeon or era.


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