A couple years ago, I met a person who was teaching grade schoolers how to think like a programmer. To me, that’s how we’re going to have to prep for the future. Any job you can think of can be replaced by AI and robots at some point. It’s just a matter of when and whether we are ready to accept it (most likely, when it becomes convenient for everyone).
More recently my wife and I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, we checked out Mardis Gras World and took a tour. It was awesome to see the non-profit company staffed by plenty of artist who are drawing, sculpting, and painting the massive Mardis Gras floats. One of the highlights of the tour was the robot they recently acquired that can do amazing, detailed work.
Apparently there’s been more than enough concern about robots taking over the world that our tour guide had to clarify the company’s intention. The fear of replacing artist with robots is alleviated with the idea that robots are just another set of tools. It actually helps the resident artist free up time when they need their focus on preparing for mardis gras. In other words, why not automate when there is mass demand? An artist’s time is better spent being creative rather than doing repetitive work and who better to train for repetitive work than a robot. Kern Studio’s Mardis Gras World is a prime example of a company who is embracing the future and allocating resources efficiently. So efficient that I can leave you with the following lasting image: