We live in exciting times where data, technology and intelligent machines don’t just impact our personal lives – they are rapidly changing the way we work as well.
Now, even though discussions on this development tend to lead to dystopian “the machines are taking over” predictions, I would argue that in the grand scheme of things this isn’t the case.
“Jobs will not simply disappear
– they will evolve alongside technology”
Yes, technological innovation will likely have a significant impact on the future workforce. And yes, things will change. But for the majority of job functions, they will not simply disappear – they will evolve alongside technology to include new digital competencies and responsibilities.
In other words, I believe there will always be a need for skilled people in oil and gas; specialists who can put the machines to work, monitor them, fix them and interpret the vast amount of data they gather daily.
The big question is how we balance the two so we can continue to leverage the obvious advantages digital industrial innovations bring – while at the same time maximizing the talent of the hardworking people in our industry.