What jobs will our grandchildren do?
When I think about the jobs my grandparents did, I feel a sense of relief wash over me. My great-grandad was a miner and I couldn’t fathom his youth. He used to walk five miles to work, spend eight hours squeezing his six-foot frame down a mine shaft, then walk back. I get annoyed when my train is cancelled and I need to get a coach! Anyway, this got me thinking. What sort of jobs will my grandchildren do? Maybe they’ll look back at my life, thinking ‘I can’t believe you used to spend half an hour on a train.. I get annoyed when the teleportation pad takes a minute to load!’ Below are three jobs that future generations may perform, some of which look envious.
It’s strange to think about the celebrity status and adoration some athletes get in reality. But imagine being admired for your performance in a virtual game! The thing is this has already started happening. Kids these days don’t just sit in playing video games all day, they actually sit in and watch other people play video games all day. Gamers can already make a living by streaming games online, getting paid for the amount of views and advertisements. In fifty years or so, this will have moved to athletes performing on VR headsets for the entertainment of an online audience. It’s scary, but one day we may never need to leave the house.
Space Debris Removal and Recycling
In 1999, Japanese writer and illustrator, Makoto Yukimura, released a series of science-fiction manga called Planetes. The story followed the crew of DS-12, Toy-Box - a space debris removal craft. Amazingly, this could become a real job of the future. There are currently over 500,000 tracked pieces of space junk in orbit, with millions more too small to track. The junk is comprised mainly of broken satellites, parts and meteoroids smaller than a golf ball. Given that orbital speed is several times faster than that of a bullet, the risk of collisions is taken very seriously. As space travel increases, the need to remove this debris will become more prevalent. At which point, positions in space debris removal and recycling may be a real option for our grandchildren.
A.I Personality Writer
English graduates may feel very bitter about this one, but graduates of future generations could have the opportunity to write and create artificial personalities for robots. Robots are set to take over more than 50% of jobs in the next fifty years, some of which will require them to be personable. This is where the personality writer comes in. While this is an interesting position, I do imagine many of these jobs will be commercial. For example, writing A.I profiles for a dating site, making it seem like there are more users than there really are and gathering research that can then be sold as feedback back to the customer. On a similar note, another potential application is that these online personalities could be used to scour the internet, posing as children and identifying potential online predators.