The first web page went live in 1991 running on a NeXT computer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. Now 27 years later, a former Amazon Alexa executive thinks websites and even applications are on their way out in as little as the next 7 years as AI is changing the way we do business.

Look closely and you’ll see that AI is insidiously changing YOUR world of work and your future employability. Coming soon, your employability will likely require you to understand the basics of what AI can do, how to allocate personnel resources, how to foster AI collaboration and understand where AI applications can be applied.

Chinese tech giant Tencent estimates that there are 300,000 AI researchers and practitioners worldwide, but there is market demand for millions – there were 9.8 times as many machine learning engineers working in 2017 than in 2012!

Forget websites. The future of e-commerce is in messaging and voice assistants. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google already offer products that are leading the way on what’s to come.

The future of commerce won’t be found by surfing the web or an app. Soon many of the tasks that we now do via websites and brand-specific apps will be handled through messaging and voice platforms like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Alexa.


Even Amazon has laid off a few hundred employees at its Seattle headquarters as it recalibrates its staffing while hiring aggressively for its fast-growing business units Alexa and Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud-based business. In fact, on an annual basis, most of Amazon’s operating income derives from AWS.

Today, companies like Home Depot, T-Mobile and Discover all manage customer service using a chat-bot. No more drop-down menus, shopping carts, and or URLs. Conversation will become the dominant way that people interact digitally. The e-commerce shopping experience of the future will feature a carousel of items at the bottom of a screen where you click on the items you want and pay for them instantly using a system like Apple Pay, all tied to a single chat-bot.

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Take a look at what’s already happening in China:

Global connectivity and intelligent machines have become the main drivers that are reshaping how we think about work and the skills we will need to be productive in the near future. The rise of smart machines and apps, our computational world and the globally connected world are driving change like never before. Many people are afraid of losing their jobs.


But you can change that. You can start preparing yourself for the future of work by investing in yourself and what matters to you. Building a reputation as an expert in your field with RELEVANT skills can be your career insurance.

Why are some people easily outsourced, downsized, or freelanced into obscurity, while others have their pick of opportunities?

Their secret is that they have become indispensable.

Anyone can be replaced. But to be indispensable means that you are so good and efficient at your job, that your boss and co-workers don’t want to imagine replacing you. You need to become the go-to person they count on and the one who simply gets things done. Take time now to understand how AI can make you more relevant to your employer or customers and get excited about how technology can make you remarkable!


Adaptability is just as Important as Talent

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent.
It’s the one that’s the most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin