TECH CRUNCH reports that a survey by Gartner found that 60% of CEOs don't believe that the smart machine will replace millions of workers in the next 15 years. Obviously, they haven't seen how many jobs the smart phone has already eliminated. Those employed in the landline side of the telecommunications industry have been downsized out several years ago. And, parents don't have to hire sitters to monitor their pre-teenage children after school. The GPS device on their smart phone replaces that function.
If we intend to hold the winning cards in the job and small-business market, we have to focus on work that can't be done by smart machines, at least right now. For the time being, my skills in ghostwriting and speechwriting are secure from smart-machine invasion. So are skills in home-health care.
The senior complex where I have resided for 7 years is jam-packed with aides of all ages and with all kinds of credentials. On my floor a man in his late 50s is never short of assignments from the agencies. He does residents' laundry, transports them to medical doctor appointments, patiently roams WalMart with them as they shop, arranges a hair dresser to come to their apartment, and, yes, does windows.
A man in his 70s used to work here as a security guard. On the side, he walked dogs. After he retired he has managed to create a monopoly for the dog-walking business, even though he charges premium rates.
The game keeps changing because of the smart phone. It's up to us to observe and figure what line of work will be hit next.