AI and Moral Panic

Dave Kinnear1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Blog

Hey there, business leaders and entrepreneurs! You might have encountered this phrase once or twice: "AI isn't going to take your job, but someone who knows how to use AI will." It sums up where we are in this digital revolution. It's not about robots taking over but more about how well we humans can work with these high-tech tools. The secret sauce? Don't fear AI; embrace it, get to know it, and figure out how to make it work for you.

I am Dave Kinnear, Executive Coach and host of the Leadership Insight podcast. Thank you for tuning in to this episode and continuing our discussion on Artificial Intelligence, or AI.

There's been a lot of chit-chat about AI and automation replacing us and causing high unemployment rates. But here's the thing: technology, like AI, isn't inherently good or bad—it all depends on how we use it. The phrase I mentioned earlier highlights this: it's more about our ability to adapt and leverage AI than about AI taking over our jobs.

Just like any tool, AI requires a bit of know-how. Whether you're in healthcare, marketing, finance, or manufacturing, AI can do wonders like boosting efficiency, upping accuracy, and even opening up possibilities that we couldn't dream of before. But you've got to learn the ropes and understand the rules.

In the grand scheme of things, AI isn't a job killer. It's more of a game-changer that's reshaping how we work. Some manual jobs might get automated, sure. But as in the past, new technology will create many more jobs than it destroys. And then, new roles that need a mix of skills will pop up, including how to work with AI. Those who can't roll with these changes might risk their careers, while those who can harness AI might find themselves in hot demand—even if their job didn't exist before.

So here's a thought: knowing your way around AI could be your ticket to job security. By getting the hang of AI, you can keep your current role secure and potentially open up new opportunities for your career. Sure, AI can automate certain tasks, but it can't quite mimic the creative spark, critical thinking, and decision-making power humans bring to the table. So instead of seeing AI as the enemy, why not view it as a tool that can push the boundaries of your job?

Leaders are life-long learners. Technology is accelerating change at an exponential rate. What will you do to proactively learn about AI, how it will impact your industry, how you can keep ahead of the changes, and how to use it to advance your career?

To sum up, AI is a tool. And like any tool, its true value depends on who's using it. The notion that "AI won't take your job, but a person who knows how to use AI will" isn't about tech domination. It's a wake-up call about the importance of staying adaptable and keeping up with learning in today's fast-paced, tech-driven workforce. The rise of AI doesn't necessarily spell doom for traditional jobs. Rather, it signifies a transformation in the way we work.

Once again, I am Dave Kinnear, Executive Leader Coach, and I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to this podcast. I look forward to seeing you on the next episode.