In my previous blogs, it was discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) burst onto our consciousness in late 2022 and how we would need to use AI tools at work to keep up and optimise our time and productivity. As I started contemplating the coming changes AI will bring to jobs in different industries, I found that I needed to split up this blog because the impact is MASSIVE. AI will prove to be a strong disruptor across all jobs in every industry eventually, although some will be impacted sooner than later. So, in no particular order…..
- IT and Technology
The obvious industries more immediately affected will be in IT and all aspects of machine learning technology. The design and building of AI hardware, software and Apps will require a huge influx of IT Engineers, Developers and Programmers. Manufacturing and maintenance of these AI Systems will also experience growth and the need for technicians also for the smooth operation and repair of systems.
Analytics and data gleaned from every corner will only grow machine learning and enhance safety and productivity. Data analysts are needed and useful in every industry. Financial services, Investment, Insurance, Consulting, Telecommunications, Energy, Airlines and Public Transport, etc, all benefit from data analysis. AI will extend identification of emerging new patterns and analysing complex data sets and to generate new ideas. Analysing peak usage times, the patterns in customer service, fraud detection, mitigating risk and finding new trends and new solutions to problems will be enhanced by AI.
- Manufacturing, Agriculture and Logistics
Robotics have been increasingly developed and used on production lines, in warehouses, in agriculture and in transportation. We’ve already seen the car manufacturing giant VW and their army of robots make cars quickly, safely and round the clock. The Ports are increasingly mechanised with speedier turnarounds of shipping containers. Amazon mechanised warehouses which not only saves a lot of the time, but guarantees same day delivery for their goods. In industries where labour is hard to find, such as picking fruit in agriculture, new mechanised robotic systems will be extremely helpful. Of course, all these robotic systems need to be designed, manufactured, installed and kept in working order.
A number of areas spring to mind in AI’s uses in Construction. Building analytics maintain optimum conditions and predict potential issues in design across different issues – safety, sustainability and project management of costs/materials/time/manpower.
Overseas, there has been a rise in automation in actual construction, enabling whole multistorey buildings to be erected extremely fast and using efficient practices. Even 3D printing technology has been used to build houses out of concrete. To all the usual professions of Architects, Engineers, Project Managers and tradesmen, we will find that the ability to analyse data will be a part of the skill set needed to do their jobs.
While not a particular industry, tradies of every description have needed to become increasingly more tech savvy. Mechanics now run data analytics to pinpoint faults in cars. Electricians needed to upskill in Ethernet cabling because of the internet. Their role will become ever more technical and complex to handle all the new automation. Furniture, air con, lights, solar panels, doors, windows and blinds may/will eventually all become automated. Tradesmen across the board will use data to diagnose problems, predict issues and come up with solutions. I wonder how plumbing will become automated!
- Residences & Consumer Goods in the Retail sector
Automation and Smart Technology has already infiltrated our personal, car and home environments. Our new norms are smartphones, home assistants, cars that help you drive (or drive you without your input), blinds and shades that move with the weather, smart TV’s and fridges that will one day order supplies when you run out (maybe some already do). Really, there will be no end to the uses of AI. We’ll have apps for everything – lights, air con, music, water temperature, you name it. “The Internet of Things” will link your home appliances with each other and be able to predict your every preference as they become smarter and more intuitive.
We already have robotic vacuums and I can easily imagine lawn mowing and dust removal becoming similarly automated. All our chores may one day become the domain of robotic appliances or a humanoid robot. We’ve seen many examples of the possibilities in enough sci-fi depictions (I loved The Jetsons).
The design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of all these gadgets are, and will increasingly become, ever growing industries.
More industries undergoing change in the advent of AI will be discussed further in Part 2.
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