Will You Lose Your Job to AI? [Video]
Will You Lose Your Job to AI? [Video]
I can't tell you if AI is going to make your job disappear. But I *can* tell you that there's always going to be jobs and there's always going to be people who make themselves valuable workers.
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"Big layoffs in India's IT sector: Techies protest sacking by Cognizant, seek government intervention." India's software companies like Wipro and Infosys are in the process of laying off employees on a massive scale, the Times of India reported. The move has come after the growth in India's $150 billion IT industry has slowed down more than anticipated.
Earlier in April, country's apex trade body ASSOCHAM had warned about industry's growth prospect and said: "Aggravated by rising rupee leading to lower realizations for software exports, the Indian IT firms may be forced to displace workforce. In that case, the chances of layoffs are real."
Barely a week after this warning, India's third largest software services firm Wipro fired hundreds of employees as part of its annual "performance appraisal." Wipro laid off around 600 employees, while many predicted that number to go as high as 2,000.
The big layoff in India due to AI has raised a lot of fucking questions.
Will programmers lose their jobs to AI? How to survive in this not-so-secure landscape?
Hey, what's up? John Sonmez here from simpleprogrammer.com. I got a question about automation and AI, but it's not really about that. It's more about being afraid of the future, which is something that is a reoccurring theme that I found from a lot of software developers. I did some videos on AI in which-Is AI coming to take my job and all this. I think I did a couple of videos because this is a reoccurring theme, but I'm going to do another one here from a little bit of a different angle just because this is-it's such a fear. I'm surprised that this is such a fear.
Anita says, "In India, one company fired 6K employees then another company fired 9K employees due to automation and AI. I'm worried about my future as a software developer. Can you please suggest how I should look at this situation positively and keep going forward? Whatever we are learning today will turn to a value zero tomorrow due to change in technology. Which technology should I learn to make a secure future? Currently, I'm working on Java technology. Please advise."
Here's what I got to say. I heard a really powerful thing from someone I highly respect. I was at a Tony Robbins Seminar as I've changed a lot of how I present myself and how I think about life from that moment forward. I mean, I think you could see a drastic change in my life. He said something — I've talked about this a lot of times, but I'll say it again because it's so powerful. He said, "The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with."
What I realized at that point when I heard them say that, was that my entire life was built around creating certainty. It was built around creating an impenetrable fortress, so no one could hurt me, so I could secure my future and nothing bad could happen. That took all the joy out of life. It really did and I was really sealing myself into my own coffin, you could say, right? Impenetrable coffin. No one can get to me, but I can't get out either, and there's so little value left in my life and joy when I do that because the future has to be uncertain. Right?
You could spend a lot of time and a lot of effort trying to secure yourself a good future and I'm not saying be an idiot. I'm not saying be stupid. I'm not saying don't like to think ahead and make wise decisions. Right? I'm all about delayed gratification and long-term decision-making. My life is in somewhat based on that, you could say, but you can't be driven by fear and you have to be willing to embrace whatever comes, even though you do your — I mean, you train for the battle, but you're willing to go into it. You don't train just for the sake of training. You train for the battle but you're willing to realize that despite your training, despite whatever plan that you have.
Mike Tyson says, "Everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the face." All right? You're going to get punched in the face. Don't try and avoid getting — you can't be a boxer in the boxing ring and your strategy is, "I'm never going to get punched." That's a bad strategy. It's a horrible strategy. It's a horrible way to live your life. That's how I was trying to live my life and that's what you're telling me you want to do here right now. You're like, "Hey, John. Tell me what technology that I can invest in that is futureproof. Tell me what thing is going to make us so I'm never get laid off in my life so that I'm always secure so that there's never a problem." I don't know. I can't tell you.
Even if I did, right? I mean, what would that — is that really valuable to you? You might think it is, but no. If you knew for certain that you're going to get a certain paycheck for the rest of your life and never have to worry again, it seems like a great thing but there will be no excitement. There will be no joy. There will be no variability in that and you would actually end up losing some of the value of life.
What can I say here? This is my best wisdom on this that I will tell you. Plan for the future, but do that by making yourself adaptable as much as possible. Focus. If you're going to learn things, teach yourself how to learn. I've got a course on how to teach yourself how to learn. It's called 10 Steps to Learn Anything Quickly. You can check it out here. That's one thing that you could do, is prepare yourself for the future by — you don't have to buy my course, but make sure you are adaptable. Make sure that you are the kind of person that can roll with the punches, that knows how to adapt, that focuses on the higher level principles and is able to learn things quickly, is able to grasp concepts quickly, is able to jump into things that — new things and be comfortable being uncomfortable. Focus on that. That's number one.
Two, focus on what is obviously long-term investments in your future, delayed-gratification type of things. Have some money saved up. I did this video on not being in a squeeze.Avoiding a squeeze situation. It's about having some backup, having some buffer. That's really important. Make wise financial decisions. Make wise decisions for the future. Make investments that will help you that will give you a buffer that will sort of buff at you against the waves of life and fortune so that mild misfortunes do not wreck you. You can't control the earthquakes and the hurricanes of life; those will happen. What you don't want to have happened is that you have a mild bump in the sidewalk and it causes you to knock your teeth out and lose and to go on this whole chain reaction of bad things. Give yourself the buffer that you can. Don't build an entire fortress around you like I was trying to do, but be smart about that.
Then the third thing is just to say just embrace change and embrace the future, and whatever comes comes. You know, I've decided to live my life in such a way that I'm going to do what I'm going to do and I'm going to just deal with the consequences, and that's-it's about-it's living life. Anything other than that is not living life. It's denying reality. If you deny reality, you're living somewhere else. Live here and here you can't control fate. You can't control what's ultimately going to happen. You just got to accept it and that's what I would say.
As far as the job, as far technology, as far as AI taking over things, yeah. Maybe. I don't know what will happen. There's no guarantee in technology. If you're doing the three things I described above, you will survive and you will thrive while other people are scrambling, while other people are trying to put the bricks back into their wall, while other people are trying to build themselves security when there is no security. Right? Those are things that are going to give you the inner security that is going to give you the inner strength, that's going to really make you strong and make it so you don't care what happens. You're going to adapt to whatever situation occurs because you can't predict against this stuff.
I can't tell you. I can't tell you if AI is going to make your job disappear. What I can tell you is there are always going to be jobs and there's always going to be people that are valuable because they contribute because they figure out the way — they look at the current market, the current landscape, and they figure out how to create value for other people within that. That's what you have to be not the kind of person that tries to predict the future because that-those people, a few of them are right but most of them are wrong.
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