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The Future of Change by Contest Winner Lily Li

BUILD IS THRILLED TO PUBLISH THIS ENTRY ON THE FUTURE OF CHANE WRITTEN BY LILY LI

Our job market is changing. With the automation of manual tasks, office and administrative occupations are in jeopardy. On the other hand, there is a rise in caring jobs, such as health care workers. But will this trend continue?

Challenges have already appeared. A branch of computer science called Deep Learning analyzes complex forms of data, and can be used instead of doctors to diagnose patients.

Google’s AI program that detects diabetic eye disease is just one example of artificial intelligence used in health care. Similarly, robotic surgeons can be used in hospitals for more accurate surgeries and safer procedures. Lastly, some daily tasks of nurses could also be replaced by nurse robots, such as the domestic nurse robot Mabu from Catalia Health.

This is a change that cannot be prevented, as it is much more cost efficient to use robots for these tasks than to hire humans. Instead there should be less focus on the jobs that will be transferred to technology, and more focus on the rise of new jobs as a consequence of this.

Human nurses will remain a necessity as patients need not just the physical help they can get from robots, but also the mental help and bedside manner that demands humans. In addition, all the new health care technology requires the knowledge from doctors for development and maintenance.

Research will also receive a bigger boost than ever, as doctors leave diagnosis tasks to the robots to focus on finding new cures for diseases.

By embracing this change, the development of technology will lead to cheaper healthcare that is available for everyone connected to the internet, without the mess of waiting lists. People will be more active in checking their health. With this availability, diagnoses will no longer be limited to the knowledge of the doctor, but instead all the data collected through time on health.

Furthermore, there will be more active research on cures for current diseases. However, issues will also appear as health care is connected to the world wide web.

Privacy issues, cyber-attacks and faulty data handling will be important factors to keep in mind. To deal with this change, there has to be an even bigger focus on cyber security than we currently have.

All in all, these are factors we should consider today, as we are supplementing  our work with new and better technology. With the loss of jobs in one area of health care, there will be a growth of jobs in another. The most important task at this point is for humans to embrace and develop along with the new technology in order to meet the future of change.