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Friday, May 12, 2017

What will designers and engineers look like in 2030? | IDG Connect

This is a contributed piece by Pete Baxter, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing at Autodesk.

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"Industry 4.0 is starting to take shape as  3D printing, machine learning and other advanced technologies are influencing the way we make things." says Pete Baxter.

Many believe that we are on the cusp of a new industrial revolution; and machines are playing an increasing role on manufacturing shop floors, with the International Bar Association recently suggesting that the government might have to introduce human quotas to protect workers’ jobs. But the machines aren’t ready to take over just yet.

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Of course, while current and future technological advancement will naturally lead to some jobs will be carried out by machines, more often than not, these jobs will be those deemed too dangerous or repetitive for humans. Robots should be seen as assistants or helpers who are there to collaborate with us and not as hyper-intelligent usurpers. The machines in factories today are an, in fact, an extension of mankind’s own creativity and will enable us to continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in both engineering and design.

Introducing new technologies into the manufacturing process will require advanced skills and new kinds of jobs. Many of these jobs are yet to be created, meaning we will start to see whole new departments and job categories forming to support this technological disruption.

As a recent World Economic Forum report noted: "In many industries and countries, the most in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist 10 or even five years ago, and the pace of change is set to accelerate. By one popular estimate, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist."[1]

No one really knows exactly what these new jobs will look like but here’s what I think the designers and engineers of tomorrow might look like in 2030…
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Source: IDG Connect