This thought is causing employees and educators alike to scramble. In this brave, strange, new world, what skills will people need to succeed?
Here are some soft skills that could help you survive in a world with ever-present AI.
This might sound like a skill that doesn’t fit, considering AI was designed to solve problems that are too complex for humans to do on their own. However, AI doesn’t have the same ability as humans to solve complex problems in all cases.
People who develop problem-solving skills at a high level will help companies get through problems that aren’t yet fully defined. They can use the experience to work backward when creating a solution. And they can take into consideration outside influences and issues that might span across multiple industries.
Creativity has long been a desired skill for employees across the world. However, creative people and “think outside the box” will stay ahead of the technology in an AI world.
You need to utilize a sense of randomness that AI can’t replicate to be creative. AI can crunch a lot of data, but it has difficulty improvising. This is where humans can use their creativity to stand out from the crowd.
Many professional scenarios require nuance and ambiguity — two skills that machines can’t excel at. One of the essential aspects of critical thinking is timing — when, where, and how to release a product, make an argument or cater a message to a particular audience.
People who can imagine new concepts and interpret the data that AI is crunching will be well-prepared for whatever is ahead.
AI lacks emotion, but humans certainly don’t. Those who can appropriately express their feelings while at the same time being aware of others’ feelings are more than likely to succeed.
Communication skills are already becoming increasingly important in the digital and remote-work age. When employees are no longer concentrated in a central office or a few main offices, those who have strong communication skills begin to shine.
With AI abound, it’s even more critical that people have more robust interpersonal communication — which is one of the hallmarks of being a human. This doesn’t just include the words you use but your body language and voice tone.
People must understand what message they want to convey and how they want to deliver it.
AI can do amazing things, but only when intelligent humans tell it what to do. In other words, AI will only be as good as the leaders directing the show.
AI will be an ever-present part of the future, but humans aren’t going anywhere. So those who develop these soft skills are the ones who will not only survive but thrive.