Elon Musk: These Are the 5 Most Important Problems We Need to Solve

Elon Musk: These Are the 5 Most Important Problems We Need to Solve

If Elon Musk Can Do It… While many 2o-something-year-olds are just finding their way in the world, young Elon Musk was already looking for ways to change it way back in 1995 (when he was that age).

In a well-known 2015 discussion with Neil deGrasse Tyson for the physicist’s StarTalk Radio podcast, Musk lists the five things he thought would most affect the future of humanity (the internet, sustainable energy, space exploration, artificial intelligence, and rewriting human genetics).

Bill Gates Says These Are the Jobs He Would Drop Out of College for Today

Bill Gates Says These Are the Jobs He Would Drop Out of College for Today

Speaking with fellow billionaire and famous investor Warren Buffett, Gates said that if he were to drop out of college today there’s a limited chance he would end up in the computer industry, and likely not in developing operating software for companies. 

Responding to a question from a student, he named three areas that he said he found very promising, and where he might pursue a career if he were starting out today. Here they are:

Here's when robots will start beating humans at every task

Here’s when robots will start beating humans at every task

Don’t expect to see a human behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler by 2027. Or a set of human hands performing a delicate surgery by 2053.

According to a new study from Oxford and Yale University researchers, those are the years artificial intelligence is slated to take over each of those tasks. And so it will go for millions of other jobs over the next 50 years, researchers find.

The Future Of Work: It’s Already Here — And Not As Scary As You Think

The phrase “Future of Work,” has become a buzz word. (I found 48 million Google hits on the phrase.) There are are suddenly hundreds of conferences, books, and articles on the topic, covering everything from artificial intelligence to robotics to income inequality and contingent labor.

The reason for the interest is simple: we are in an economic cycle where jobs, as we know them, are rapidly changing. In fact, I’d venture to say we are reaching a time when jobs, as we know them, are going away.

Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less Lucrative

Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less Lucrative

First generation robots worked in factories. Second generation robots are preparing for white-collar professions. Thanks to rapid advances in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence, jobs are falling to machines left and right. And it’s not just blue-collar jobs that are being taken over by automation. It’s white-collar professions as well. According to an Oxford study, 47 percent of U.S. jobs could fall to automation in the next 20 years.

The safe, high paying jobs of the past are starting to look much less secure going forward. If you’re currently in one of the following professions, or going to school to get into these fields, you should think twice before continuing.

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