In an age of automation, people wonder what we will all do for a living when the robots are washing all the dishes and making all the cars. One answer is that we will be helping each other make better use of, or at least having fun with, the web. From the WSJ:
Last spring, 6,200 students from 460 colleges in the U.S. and Canada participated in Activision Blizzard Inc.’s “Heroes of the Dorm,” whose championship aired on Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN2. Players on the winning team each received up to $75,000 in tuition funds depending on how far along they were in their education. […]Some e-sports coaches make between $30,000 and $50,000 a year. That is in line with traditional baseball minor league coaches, says John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian. The median annual salary for all coaches and scouts in 2012 was $28,360, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]E-sports players, meanwhile, can earn between about $35,000 and $120,000 a year depending on which games they specialize in and their level of success. That is on top of any prize money they might collect from their team’s winnings and benefits.
E-gaming is not for everyone, but this story is just one example of how technology can create new jobs even as automation erodes some traditional industries. The jobs of the future, as we call them, are already here; the key is knowing where to look. There are millions of new jobs out there waiting to be invented, thousands of new companies waiting to be built, uncounted new products that use all these new tools.Go cyber, young folk. Thar’s gold in them thar bytes.