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10 jobs that people believe are '99.9 percent safe' from artificial intelligence takeover

People discuss jobs that require human touch and can, probably, never be done by any form of artificial intelligence.

10 jobs that people believe are '99.9 percent safe' from artificial intelligence takeover
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels | Rahul Pandit, Reddit | u/mrtzjam

AI cannot conquer every field.

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | LJ

There is a growing concern among the general population that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many human jobs. While such concerns are completely valid, we must also recognize that even if AI were to take over, many industries would still require human intervention. Many professions can never be replaced by AI because of its specialized nature. A Reddit user, u/eddie991ao, asked the community about jobs that are "99.9 percent safe" from AI. Here are 10 of the most interesting answers that people had to offer. 

1. Politicians 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | August de Richelieu

Politicians... AI would actually achieve something so people wouldn't have anything to complain about, so they would demand the AI be removed. u/Grandson_of_0din. That was my answer too. We'll see a law banning it in the next 10 years to protect their jobs. u/wwWalterWhiteJr. I really doubt AI will ever be capable of doing any of those things. u/fruitbox_dunne.

2. Aircraft mechanic 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Daniel Torobekov

I'm an aircraft mechanic, I don't see AI crawling its nonexistent a** into the belly of an airplane anytime soon. u/Tipsy_Lights. Even auto mechanics are pretty safe. Whatever machine you have is stopped dead in its tracks if there's a rounded bolt or something's not where it's supposed to be. Any job where you have to get creative and destroy one of your own tools to make a new tool is gonna be a struggle for AI. u/the_almighty_walrus

3. Teacher for younger kids 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Max Fischer

Teacher, especially for younger kids. Parents want their kids to learn from a human because there are important social aspects they must learn. u/Radthereptile.  You're correct, but also in addition, AI can properly automate a lot of the tedious stuff for teachers like grading certain exams and preparing for materials. It'll be more like each teacher having their own team. u/archangel0198. 

4. Social work 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | nappy

Community work/ social work. The more human you are in this field, the better. No one would tolerate or even bother engaging with an AI. u/5NATCH. Really any job that requires interfacing with other people on a personal level. I work in renewables, I'd love to see a machine that can spend 2 years beating the pavement in Kansas to convince 50 farmers to lease their land collectively to host a wind farm. u/BillyShears2015

5. Tech support 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

People keep on going on about it taking over tech support, but from my experience, I can't see it happening. Karen from marketing doesn't even know what cable powers her monitor, so if AI told her to make sure it's powered on, she wouldn't have a clue where to start or what she's looking for. I think it's a great tool and I do use it myself, but you need to understand what it's actually telling you to do or if it's going wrong where it's gone wrong so you can correct it. u/p4ttl1992

6. Maintenance electrician 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Kelly

Maintenance electrician here. My job is that there is a new task every day and nothing of it follows any sort of standard procedure, at least for an AI. It would first need to have a fully functioning body that can work without electricity in tight areas before it could even begin to replace me. And at that point, we are either having a big war or universal basic income. u/Mad_Moodin

7. Any trade job 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Jan Zakelj

Trade jobs (plumbing, electricians, painters, etc). u/AdmirableAd7753. Yes. I'm a plumber in Ontario. At this point, I can literally quit my job right now via text and have a new one lined up for Monday. No AI or modular homes are taking any work from me. u/dogsdashdash. Yep, it’s gonna be a minute before some robot hops down to inspect crawlspaces or do abatement. u/Aware-Radish6772

8. Jobs that require a license 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio

Any job that requires a license. An AI bot can't represent you in court, give legal advice, or give you medical advice, nor will it likely take away jobs in trade sectors like electricians, plumbing, landscaping, painting, etc. u/mrtzjam. But these fields will become way more competitive since licensed professionals will use AI for efficiency gains and 1 person can do the job of 5 rather soon. When it comes to law paralegals are gone soon for example. So you'll have to land a high-level job, not an assisting position. u/Mirrorslash

9. Psychologist 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Alex Green

Psychologist. Even if you assume that AI models will be able to become as personable and effective as a good human psychologist (spoiler alert, they won't), people are still going to gravitate towards wanting an actual person who has had actual experiences to talk to. The illusion of empathy may work for some people, but overall people are going to prefer to speak with humans and will pay to do it. While AI models will certainly attract a lot of people and will be effective for many, the demand for psychological services is so high (and will remain that way) that a decent accredited psychologist will be in demand. u/thatnameagain

10. Investing crimes 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio

Criminal investigation. It's an extremely analytical and human job. I think few jobs are so scientific and at the same time so unpredictable and humanly variable as being a police detective. Judges and prosecution attorneys, on the other side, think they are safe forever because they are rich and the politicians fear them. But they could be easily replaced with the technology we have right now. u/Gentle_Capybara

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