We may joke about robots replacing our jobs — but it’s not so much of a joke anymore, particularly in fields that require a lot of technical skills. That’s why self-made billionaire Mark Cuban says that if he were choosing a college major right now, he’d opt for a liberal arts focus like philosophy over accounting.
Majors like english, sociology and philosophy may traditionally be associated with fewer job prospects, and top-paying majors do skew more toward technology and computing fields. But if Cuban’s theory is correct, this may largely change. He contends that jobs involving creativity and critical thinking are less likely to be automated by artificial intelligence since those positions require an employee to think more deeply and make personal judgments, according to CNBC.
"Knowing how to critically think and assess [computers and robots] from a global perspective I think is going to be more valuable than what we see as exciting careers today which might be programming or CPA or those types of things," Cuban said at SXSW this past March.
Jonathan Rosenberg, a Google exec and adviser to Alphabet's CEO Larry Page, feels similarly; he told CNBC that "we need more traditional liberal arts grads,” adding that the kinds of jobs liberal arts grads tend to pursue will be difficult to automate because they rely on deeper cognitive and analytical skills.
A report by McKinsey, which says that 60 percent of all jobs will be affected by technology over the next several years, also suggests that professionals who are tasked with more creative responsibilities, including people management, are less at risk.
Jobs that require high levels of creativity or people management are the least at risk, the report says.
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