214: Bhoopathi Rapolu – The Future of Work in Asia

214: Bhoopathi Rapolu – The Future of Work in Asia

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [16:43] Are there parallels between AI, the second machine age, and the Industrial Revolution in how the nature or work was fundamentally changed?
  • [21:35] Singularity and the concept of work. How do we make ourselves irreplaceable? What kind of work would humans be doing if the machine can click the mouse?
  • [32:50] Can a machine or algorithm write The Race for Work and do it better than Bhoopathi did? Can machines be creative in the same way as humans? What's left for humans if machines can do everything we do only better?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Bhoopathi Rapolu, the author of The Race for Work, to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
  • [01:12] Why did Bhoopathi write The Race for Work?
  • [04:06] Did the hundreds of people who lost their jobs when innovations were successful see it coming? Using the project Bhoopati worked on in the aviation industry as an example
  • [07:20] What percentage of the outsourced workforce in India is replaceable by algorithms in the next 20 years?
  • [09:28] Are graduates coming out of IIT prepared for this trend (algorithms replacing the workforce)?
  • [12:30] What should the young generation coming through focus more on to make themselves irreplacable?
  • [14:39] The more complex it looks for humans, the easier it becomes for AI
  • [16:43] Parallels between AI, also known as the second machine age, with the Industrial Revolution (the first machine age)
  • [18:44] Can AI algorithms that write code replace software engineers in India?
  • [21:35] Singularity and the concept of work. What kind of work would humans be doing if the machine can click the mouse?
  • [24:02] Human experiences that can't be replaced by machines (McDonalds versus Starbucks) and entrepreneurs building businesses to be AI proof
  • [26:36] The story of Benjamin and the extent to which technology has matured
  • [28:40] Can the AI algorithm completely replace a doctor's job? Can core domains of knowledge, instinct and experience be quantified by machines in the future?
  • [32:50] Can a machine or algorithm write The Race for Work and do it better than Bhoopathi?
  • [36:00] The two areas that will be left for humans: creativity and decision making
  • [39:07] Bhoopathi's views on AI in Asia especially in China and India
  • [42:18] Technology is unstoppable. Personal information and facial recognition is being used by governments not only in China, but in other places as well, for example London
  • [45:40] Media reactions to the subject of Bhoopathi's book
  • [46:10] To find out more about about escaping automation, career transformation and thriving in the second machine age, get a copy of The Race for Work by Bhoopathi Rapolu