AI’s kill list: 7 careers that could be doomed

AI’s kill list: 7 careers that could be doomed

Experienced in analyzing millions of data points in under 30 seconds. Available to work 24/7, no salary or benefits required. Can begin immediately.

This is an application that any headhunter would find hard to ignore. Soon, human job candidates will need to compete against contenders like these.

AI is about to incur an unprecedented change upon the workforce. After decades of research in the field, engineers now have access to the advanced processing power and limitless data that could trigger a breakthrough for automation.

However, recent progress may very likely spur something quite different than any Industrial Revolution humans have seen before. Where the career casualties of these social and economic movements were almost all blue-collar jobs, lawyers and doctors are now among the fallen – and AI is just getting started.

According to McKinsey and Co, almost every other task that people spent years learning to complete can be automated using only the AI technology available today. In the next twenty years, such stats are due to multiply, and put up to 35 percent of entire jobs at what the BBC considers high-risk of automation.

Pretty soon, we’ll be watching commercials that proclaim: “So easy a even a human could do it!”

AI is outside offices everywhere, preparing to hack away at all that once made humans special and relevant pieces of the economic system. Check out some high-profile professions it’s already gearing up to take down:

Social media marketing

Hitman: Echo Box

Echo Box curates posts on social media specifically for companies’ particular audiences and according to their unique vision. It uses AI to find perfect images, headlines, and content based on companies’ previous wins on the Facebook or Twitter fields – and their major fails.

Plus, it tracks shares, likes, retweets, etc., which, by the way, it doubles, on average.

Human resources

Hitman: Mya

Mya is the chatbot brainchild of the job-search site FirstJob. She can already tackle 75 percent of tedious head-hunting by sifting through applications and resumés and clueing in candidates on where they stand along the way.

If someone seems under-qualified, Mya reaches out to apologetically inform them that she will be passing on them. Likewise, if they seem like a good fit, she passes their information onto a human for an interview, and shares her excitement with the applicant.

Financial advisor

Hitman: Abe

Straight from the face of your pennies, Abe is here to help make your money talk.

While his developers use bank-level security to protect all users’ information, he can update users on their balances, credit, check on savings plans, and remind them when bills are due soon – all on Slack.

Business advisor

Hitman: BRiN

BRiN helps small businesses make it in the big leagues. Her intelligence is based on filmed speeches and conversations with over 1,000 business experts, from which she draws the best situational advice for inquiring SMEs.

All you have to do is chat with her to express your problems, and she’ll get to the root of them and find the best method for resolving them.


Hitman: hiHedge

No, not a “traitor.” hiHedge is an AI that can recognize trading patterns and develop its own trading strategy, all while monitoring and adapting to market changes.

hiHedge’s researchers claim that from price and volume of exchanges worldwide, multi-lingual news channels and reports, macroeconomic and company accounting data, there is far too much data for a human to take on anywhere near as effectively as a machine.

So much for that Economics degree, huh?


Hitman: ROSS

No sense in worrying you’ll soon be replaced, lawyers. You already have been.

ROSS is an AI already at work at industry leading firms. He knows the law and adapts to all of its changes and fluctuations, so you can chat with him to have your legal questions answered in natural, conversational language.


Hitman: Imagia

Suggesting that human error should most certainly be eliminated when lives are at stake, Imagia is bringing AI to cancer diagnoses and treatment.

Using tumor data on stages and types of cancer, Imagia seeks to ensure that all cancer present in images is detected, every time. It will also be at work detecting and documenting changes in tumors through all follow-ups.

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