The short answer: Yes.
It is another one of the inevitabilities that will be brought to us by technology. One way or the other, robots will be taking over human jobs.
- What jobs have already disappeared because the technology became obsolete and was replaced?
Lots of repair jobs, especially in technology have come and gone. For instance, repair jobs for CRT’s. I am certain that there was a time when they were in high demand, both in the fabrication and repair. However, as LCD’s and LED’s came into being, these people would have had to acquire new skills to remain relevant or need to be replaced.
I’m certain the same can be said of many other manufacturing jobs, in general. In a lot of ways, it is simply the better idea for many companies to automatize production, thereby taking jobs away from people.
- Which jobs do you foresee might be made obsolete?
Based on the “Humans Need Not Apply” video, I can see that many jobs will be made obsolete. Even doctors and lawyers are not on the safe side. Basically, you will only be not replaceable if you are at the top.
- How do we future-proof ourselves against becoming obsolete?
The only way to future-proof ourselves would be to keep ourselves updated, not just in the news but also in terms of keeping our skills up to date so that we do not ever have to lose any job to any robot.
- Are there certain jobs that should stay solely in human hands? Why?
If there are jobs that should stay solely in human hands, I believe it would be jobs in the care industry, i.e. nursing. As much as we try to make robots into humans, people need people. So, one way or the other, we should, and probably will, take care of each other even if robots are already the norm.