The global rise of Artificial Intelligence has disrupted the world in ways previously unimaginable. We’re not talking about job loss at the rate of the industrial revolution; no, this is 50 times bigger.
However, this article will take a look at a job that has been highly sought after for years, and lead to a very “trendy” major at most universities.
Yes, I’m talking about computer science; coders, project engineers, and software developers.
Let’s get into it.
Job Disruption as a Result of AI
That’s just the reality of 2023.
However, it is more extreme than you might realize.
McKinsey predicts that by the year 2030, up to 800 million people can have lost their jobs to, or as a result of, Artificial Intelligence.
Just to put that in perspective for you, that is about 30% of the workforce of the entire world.
It’s a harrowing and terrible reality, and unlike the industrial revolution where automation only snagged the jobs of blue-collar and lower-educated people – that is not the case this time.
Artificial Intelligence is becoming more and more sophisticated every minute (it feels like), and is now becoming capable of writing code significantly faster and more accurately than any human.
This means that a little machine can replace an employee salaried at six figures.
Of course the businessmen are going to take advantage of this. Rather than hiring a team of software engineers, they now only need to hire 1 and let the AI do the rest.
And this is already happening.
Easy and cheap to replace? Sign me up!
OpenAI is already replacing a lot of their software engineers with Artificial Intelligence because it’s simply cheaper and more effective.
Of course, Artificial Intelligence isn’t completely capable on its own – but it’s almost there. That means that where there were once a ton of coders, there is now only one.
There are simply so few excuses for companies to keep highly educated and salaried employees when free software will simply just do it for them.
This means that people who have gone through years of schooling to perfect their profession and craft, being able to write code in several languages to hopefully settle their future, is now at risk of losing everything.
And when I say “at risk” I actually mean will lose everything.
The incredible amount of layoffs at Meta, Tableu, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft isn’t just because of “the economy” — it is because those jobs are now solved by something so cheap it’s impossible to compete with it.
This isn’t to say that there won’t be new jobs for people – of course there will. But a lot less than before, and pay will also be much lower.
So while it used to be a lucrative career path with lots of options and stability – the future is looking very bleak for computer scientists and coders who want to stay up-to-date with the competition.
The only way to stay ahead of the game is to keep adapting and learning new skills, something that AI can’t do right now. However, with the introduction of ChatGPT-5’s inevitable arrival, there is no telling just how smart Artificial Intelligence can be.
While researching for this article, I ended up in an interesting discussion with a very naive software engineer who says that all he has to do is “learn AI” and there won’t be any problems. And he used the scene from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory as his example.
For context, in the film, Charlie’s father loses his job screwing the caps onto toothpaste tubes when automated machines learn how to do it faster and more effectively. At the end of the movie, however, he becomes a “service mechanic” for the machines instead.
This is a classic argument people have: that yes, jobs will be lost but more will be made.
Perhaps in the industrial revolution.
Perhaps in another universe.
But not this one.
Yes, tons of new jobs will be created. In fact, McKinsey estimated up to 50 million.
… but 800 million will be lost.
That leaves 750 million people.
750 million people that will simply be thrown into the dust, and simply because of how the computer science profession works I can guarantee that the coder, software, and project engineers will be the first to go.
Why AI is Bad For Computer Scientists: Corporate Greed
It’s the sad reality we live in.
We are letting businesses kick real humans to the curb for the sake of artificial intelligence with no emotional intelligence or empathy.
It’s a sad, but true reality. One that I wish wasn’t happening at the rate it is today.
There is no telling just how harrowing the impact AI will end up having on the economy in very few years, but it is going to be beyond catastrophic.
A lot of people already know how dangerous it is, which makes it all even more terrifying. Is it apathy or dread that is preventing people from avoiding AI? Regardless, you can read all about what the western worlds public opinion of Artificial Intelligence is right here.
The only thing we can do right now is do our best to adapt, understand what is happening and do everything in our power to say NO to AI.
And I will keep saying no.