How can we strengthen our skills to avoid being replaced by artificial intelligence?

We live in a time where more and more of our daily chores are automated. Robots that vacuum, cut the lawn and that we can even communicate with and get answers to questions that we might have.

But can these impersonal technical aids threaten the traditional social relations with our fellow human beings? And what happens when they enter the work market more and more, will our positions be replaced so we are facing a new kind of industrial revolution?

This might be the case, but first and foremost when it comes to momentum within AI for the technical market and for hard skills, for instance programming a machine or learning a new language. There will still be lots of elements in human nature that AI will struggle competing with. That is why these skills, the soft skills, are more and more attractive. Something that data from for instance LinkedIn supports.

According to LinkedIn there are at least 50 000 professional skills. It goes without saying that a person can not embrace all of these, but with our curiosity we will naturally try and find the skills that can take us furthest in our daily and work life.

One of the best investments you can make for your career is to strengthen a soft skill, something that becomes even more valuable considering the influence that AI has in our society and whether they can adopt these skills similarly to us humans.

The numbers also show us that 57% of leaders from different industries value the soft skills higher than hard skills. So what skills do potential employers see as more valuable?

Creativity

Peoples creativity and imagination is amongst the most amazing thing we have, something that robots can not be programmed to. AI is a great tool for further developing known ideas, but the employees are the once that come up with the new and exciting solutions – something that could realize the dreams of tomorrow.

Persuasion/Influence

It is one thing to develop and own an amazing product and launching a new platform – but the ability to persuade and influence another person to adopt the product and actually buy it is a function that robots do not have. 

Collaboration

The projects and challenges that we face in our working lives are far more complex and complicated than they once were. This requires more than ever the ability to efficiently and effectively communicate and collaborate with colleagues and external parties – something that artificial intelligence can not do.

Adaptiveness

The ability to adapt quickly both physically and mentally is a necessary skill in todays society where we continuously face new changes - yesterday's solutions cannot solve tomorrows problems, we must be far more flexible and adaptive than that.

Planning

A classic ability – time management, to plan and utilize your time, and deliver within the required timeframe is something that has always been valuable. It is still thought of as one of the five skills that most leaders in various companies regard highly and that generates a efficient business.

So is there anything that you are thinking that you want to develop personally in 2019, maybe one of these 5 skills could be a good start. But why not consider first the soft skills that you already have that might be worth pushing a bit extra for in your work life? Maybe these skills can take you to new levels that you previously couldn't even imagine?

But surely it is both exciting and frightening to think about how the future will look – how far artificial intelligence can go? Can this technology and the robots in a near future actually adopt these soft skills? And what role will the more "human" skills like for instance communication then play in our society?

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