Imaginative future job prediction: The automation of many of our jobs that even those that have long seemed safe – is fully inevitable at this point. One study predicts that about 38 percent of American jobs will be at high risk of automation by the early 2030s. Which is not that far away. We’re asked to trust that future work could be ‘liberating,’ but considering the way corporations tend to operate, it’s not hard to see why the masses are terrified that robots will soon leave us unemployed and unable to provide for ourselves and our families. AKQA London – together with Senan lee and pansy Aung from salt and pepper creative studio – bring jobs of the future to life in a series of conceptual images for MiSK global foundation, a platform set up to educate youth. As the world economic forum recently predicted that 65% of children in school today will have jobs that don’t currently exist. The creative team decided to fantasize about what we’re going to do in the not so distant future.
Future Job Prediction creative imaginations!
But at the recent World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2018, experts imagined the kinds of jobs that will be around – and now we have visualizations of what they could look like. In fact, those experts stated that 65% of children in school today will have jobs that don’t currently exist.
Each morning during the world economic forum event, the AKQA team would listen to a high profile panel discussion and conceptualize a variety of futuristic job roles based on the panelists’ predictions, comments or narrative of conversation. Once agreed, the team would then brief concept artist, Florian de gesincourt, in beautifully illustrating the chosen job role. De gesincourt had been chosen for his award-winning artwork, including work for films such as ‘Jurassic world’ and Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated ‘ready player one’.
Future job prediction project info:
- Agency: AKQA, London
- Client: MiSK global forum
- Creative’s: Senan lee, pansy aung
- Executive creative director: Masaya nakade
- Illustrator: Florian de gesincourt
- Retouching: happy finish, London
- Project manager: Liam holmes
- Account director: ross winter flood
- Account lead: jenny Hearne
Jobs that won’t be replaced by technology:
After refining the image, London-based retouching studio happy finish would take over from de gesincourt and work through the early hours of the morn ing, color the image in time for it to be displayed in Davos and posted online the next morning. In total, the team produced 6 reactive illustrations in 120 hours flat and covered a wide range of topical discussions at the world economic forum, including blockchain technology, national identity, and robotic workforce.
Jobs that will still exist in the future:
In a scene that definitely looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.
A worker sits in a glass pod high over a city, overseeing a 3D printer in the midst of building a superstructure.
On serene turquoise waters, a ‘blockchain banking engineer’ fine-tunes a floating machine that will give people in remote locations access to secure banking.
A ‘landfill recycler’ salvages existing materials from landfills to be integrated into new products while sitting atop something that looks like a gigantic vacuum hose.
It might be a robot operating on this woman in a rural setting, but he’s got the holographic head of the real surgeon who’s carrying out the procedure from thousands of miles away.
A ‘public technology ethicist’ evaluates new technology before it goes live to determine its benefits to the public.
And finally, the operator of a 3D scanning machine captures entire historically significant buildings to ensure that even if they’re demolished, they’re preserved in perpetuity.
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