A friend called me the other day and excitedly announced that his daughter had just been accepted into law school. My heart sank. As a business futurist specializing in the intersection between human capital and the rapidly maturing field of data and analytics, I dedicate a lot of time researching how the 4th Industrial Revolution will impact existing professions.
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On Monday Amazon opened the first cashierless store, Amazon Go. LinkedIn posed the question, “Are cashiers' days numbered?” I think we’ve known this was coming since grocery stores introduced self-checkout lines and Wendy’s installed self-ordering kiosks.
Data is changing the world around you. You see it. You feel it. You worry about it. The headlines scream, "The Robots are Coming and They're Taking our Jobs," and you wonder, "Am I next?" But you don't have to worry if you take the time to understand what is happening, why it is happening, and why it doesn't have to happen to you.