Chances are, if you chose anything related to technology, you have a chance at keeping your job until you retire. Although most jobs are now becoming technology related.
They say Artificial Intelligence will soon be here. First we'd have to define what AI is. And there are two camps, one is narrow artificial intelligence and the other is general artificial intelligence.
We've already got narrow AI built into many household devices especially smart phones along with some sites on the web. These assistants make our lives easier by studying patterns, analyzing tons of data to facilitate easier flow in our everyday lives.
As far as general artificial intelligence, from what I've seen, we are years away, if ever, of solving this riddle. What we are talking about is creating a life form out of thin air. That sort of dabbles with the hidden laws of nature and physics, which is probably hidden for a reason.
Some of our brightest minds have attempted to create AGI for the past 60+ years, with minimal success. If the goal is to reproduce the activity of the human mind, we have a ways to go. We know the basic architecture, except for the black box that ties everything together. Call it what you like, the soul, the being, the unique aura of an individual, we don't know much about it.
If the goal is to reproduce the behaviors and characteristics of mankind, we better understand what that infers. This AGI must understand human emotions, like love and hate, lust, greed, envy, rage, revenge, wars, homicide, genocide, blind obedience, hierarchical structures that benefit only the few, for the AGI beings to understand just how we think and behave.
What we've got here, is a reputable version of clinical settings for creating a Frankenstein. It's alive! Oh know, what have we created?
I would think that many smart people in the AGI field have already concluded that creating life out of thin air is no easy task. Is it possible at all? Time will tell. If we do in fact let the genie out of the bottle, there would be no turning back.
And why is that? Primarily because our attempt to rush into this without planning, architect, strategist, creating rules and laws of ethics and behavior, is just not at a point it needs to be. Our rush to market, for profit and control of the market, is simply bypassing these required tasks.
Another reason for possible delay, AGI is not simply a technology issue. It's a social, financial, legal, medical, biological, just about every industry needs to be apart of the process. Technology is just one aspect. That requires an arsenal of staff, granted, some heavy hitters are putting up a lot of money so they probably have these items covered.
Technology is racing forward. We've removed the guard rails and safety nets. Full steam ahead. If we do crack the code of creating life, I sure hope society can withstand their creation, and if it survives, our lives could potentially be altered forever.
You can read some more blogs on the subject:
Intelligent Machines or Pandora's Box