For ymazing.com we have interviewed some of the smartest millennials around the world. What moves them, what are their career tips, what were their biggest challenges, how do they see the world of tomorrow …
What will be the biggest challenge for humans in the next 10 years?
Charise Robins: Automation. It has been in our interest for quite some time now to bring robots and automation more heavily into the mix, however, that’s going to completely disrupt the way we structure human societies. I worry greatly about how the global economy is going to be reshaped over my lifetime, because I don’t think it is going to be a smooth process. We are already seeing issues as unskilled labor jobs shrink and increasing numbers of people are going to college and ending up unemployed.
Kunal Kerai: We live in a time where tuition is ballooning while people are being crushed under the debt of student loans. I grew up in a poor household, and I can say confidently that a college degree is an agent of social mobility. In addition, it teaches the unique skillsets people will need to enter the workforce. As people do not pursue education, they cannot climb the social ladder, leading them to be unemployed, forcing them to take labor intensive jobs that haven’t quite been automated but are doomed to be.
Matt Charney: Cleaning up and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.
Lex Sokolin: The automation of human intelligence and the disappearance of human knowledge jobs is top of my list. The impact of software on digitizing public opinion and having power in the real world is also up there. I think these two things can be unfortunately connected. Imagine software controlled by very few people designed to be both brilliant at manufacturing knowledge at scale, about say financial markets, and then using those financial resource to create more software that drives political opinion or other real outcomes. Staying human and grounded in that type of polarizing environment, with most people unaware of the depth of the challenge, will be difficult.
Francis Larson: Automation and Machine Learning will take virtually all the jobs we have today. We will need to find a way to make sure society is equal when capital earns a larger share of the income. Our model of taxation for individuals and firms and even larger entities like states will need to change. Also how that money is redistributed. Will it be basic income? Maybe. Will we start taxing sovereign wealth funds to fund green energy? Possibly.
Ana Freitas: Wow. OK… I guess it will be tolerance. We are probably entering a dark time in history – history is cyclical and we have face a long period of relative world peace. And the biggest struggle presented to us in the past two years had been the rising intolerance, that is very likely to lead to big conflicts. So yes, it’s tolerance and acceptance of the difference.