VIDEO: Which fields your children should study in a world of AI

Luke Parker
VIDEO: Which fields your children should study in a world of AI

The world of artificial intelligence is here, and with it the reality of more and more jobs becoming redundant, or put another way, automated.

So how do we prepare for this progressive world where traditional career paths could now be irrelevant in the next decade, and in which direction or pathway should our children and the next generation be studying? How do we prepare them?

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Dave Edwards, Co-founder of Quartz AI – the artificial intelligence research division of Quartz - and his wife Helen, recently in New Zealand as part of Creative HQ’s Lightning Lab Electric innovation challenge and accelerator, have done extensive research in the AI space and believe there are four specific areas where human skillsets will remain strong regardless of AI.

“We looked at the question of what to teach your children and what we found was when you look across all of the different jobs in the economy and what jobs are most available for augmentation, you see a certain pattern of the kinds of jobs where technology can step in.

“We then flipped that analysis on its head and looked at where are the jobs where technology is going to be least able to be helpful.

"We found as a common theme of jobs that handled a lot of predictability that could be unpredictable ie relationships with other people, or the unpredictable nature of the physical environment in the physical world, and we categorised those jobs and the skills required in those jobs into four categories.”

People – Being able to communicate ie leadership and mentoring skills.

Numbers - Being able to analyse and understand complex business relationships that are driven by numbers.

Bugs & bad things – Being able to understand the complexities of health and our human interaction with the physical world in terms of toxins and those kinds of specialties.

Structures & spaces – Being able to understand the physical world around us and how we build things and interact with that physical space.

Dave says in some ways the mission is to help children understand unpredictability.

“It’s about teaching them how to think on their feet, and how to unplug and actually experience the physical world around them and experience relationships with people around them.

“It’s almost the greatest irony that to be prepared for a more augmented future, the best thing you can do is help your children spend less time in a digital world because the things that we will be best at as humans are the non-digital things. And those non-digital things will never go away.

“We think about it as the greatest experience is to take the devices away and have the kids actually be really good at those interpersonal and inter-environmental experiences.”

Lightning Lab Electric innovation challenge and accelerator

The Lightning Lab Electric innovation challenge and accelerator takes in a small number of start-up teams and provides structured support, start-up methodologies and business skills so they can successfully prove, build and launch their ideas into market.

Delivered by Creative HQ with Callaghan Innovation, its focus is on stimulating innovation in the electricity sector for New Zealand to capitalise on the opportunities that new and disruptive technologies bring for the consumer and the planet.

Dave and Helen Edwards were in New Zealand talking to industry players and members of the public as part of the exciting crowd sourcing ideation phase, which is open until 20 March.

After this finalists will present their ideas to a panel of experts for innovation-focused awards and the possibility of entering the 3-month Lightning Lab accelerator.

Westpac is proud to be a foundation sponsor of the Lightning Lab Electric and to be supporting innovation in the energy sector.

Westpac GM Commercial Corporate and Institutional, Karen Silk says, “We see Lightning Lab as ripe with possibility – there is the opportunity for disruptive new ideas that could benefit the consumer, benefit the planet and form the sort of emerging growth businesses we want to support. We look forward to seeing the ideas put forward.”

For more information, go to Lightning Lab Electric innovation challenge and accelerator.

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