Technology has traditionally been seen as an asset for aiding human development and augmenting our capabilities. At the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, many people are asking themselves if technology will displace large numbers of people in the workplace. Several media articles have been published recently on the topic, with some proposing very negative views to this effect.Personally speaking, I have a more positive outlook on what the evolution of AI means for employment opportunities of the future. It is also important to note that many big name analysts and consulting firms such as Accenture agree that AI will bolster the need for human-related jobs, forecasting a 10% increase in job creation for those companies with the vision to boost AI investments. Indeed, emerging technologies such as AI have been around for a while now, and thus far we have seen that any job losses were more than offset by the new jobs they have in turn created. Current levels of unemployment in both the UK and the USA are at record low levels.In today’s increasingly digital world, we will see a massive increase in automation driven by robotics and machine learning, and this will certainly have a negative impact on low skilled manual labour. In parallel, though, this will be accompanied by an increase in demand for highly skilled workers to maximise the benefits of the digital age as its capability grows. After all, it is humans, not technology, who will continue to provide innovative new ways of working, strategic thinking and brainstorming. This will clearly lead to increased demand for highly skilled people, and we may run the risk of skills shortages unless we can more quickly upskill or reskill the workforce. The fast and ever-increasing pace of the digital world means that lifelong learning and continuous change will be the defining features of employment going forward.So where will the new jobs come from?It is safe to say that by 2030 there will be new types of roles which are as yet unknown. In their Realizing 2030 survey about the future of technologies and human-machine partnerships, Dell Technologies and Institute for the Future estimate that 85% of jobs in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.Job growth will be seen in such areas as:Software and application development to leverage the digital ageRoles involving Control, Quality and Auditing of new digital assetsFunctions like data scientists and big data analysts needed to generate insights from the vast amounts of data producedWhat’s more, the digital age will lead to a more service-oriented economy, and many service jobs will be created via these new digitally enabled services.The digital era will allow for more home and remote working, thereby driving more demand for the tourism industry and creating more jobs in this sector as more and more people will work from ‘second homes’, occasionally or frequently.Hence I remain confident that we can create the necessary jobs for tomorrow’s tumultuous times, provided we have the foresight to equip people with the skills necessary to prosper in the digital age.
Lloyd’s Register (LR), an engineering, technical and business services organization, has won a contract to support the development of Eni’s Coral South FLNG project in Mozambique.Coral South FLNG; Image: LRLR said on Monday that the scope of work includes covers design, procurement, certification, construction, integration, and commissioning, as well as providing classification services under a risk-based inspection regime when the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit enters service in 2022.The Coral South field is being developed by Eni in Area Four of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of Mozambique. The field contains approximately 450 billion cubic meters (16 TCF) of gas and the unit will be Africa’s first floating gas facility.The FLNG unit will be the world’s first ultra-deepwater FLNG, operating at a depth of 2,000 meters. It is expected to produce around 3.4 million tonnes of LNG per year. The FLNG will be about 430 meters long, 66 meters wide, and will weigh about 210,000 tonnes. It has a design life of 25 years.LR added that it was providing flexible, bespoke support to the project through a range of services. The organization has been involved in the project since 2014, and in 2015 awarded the first approval in principle for the design.Its primary role in the project is to ensure that the FLNG operates safely, is not going to impact the environment, that people working onboard the unit are safe and that it is designed, procured, and fabricated in accordance with the most recognized industry standards.The project is currently in a detailed engineering design phase, with the bulk of design work happening in Korea, France, and Japan. LR is required to deliver a number of design appraisal documents as part of this phase.All the equipment, systems, and machinery that make up the topside plant on the FLNG will be certified by LR.To do this, LR will be holding more than 500 contracts with equipment vendors directly and will be delivering services in all vendor locations. This will result in all the equipment arriving in Korea certified by LR to agreed codes and standards.Upon completion of construction, the FLNG will be towed from Korea to Mozambique and LR will attend the hook up of the mooring system and survey the commissioning of the topside plant on the station.Simon Turpin, LR’s overarching project manager on Coral South, said: “The fact that LR was chosen for this very large and complicated project underlines our expertise in FLNG and shows that we are prepared and able to work in new and developing areas, where our clients want us to be. This is the first step into Mozambique for a major class society and an investment in the future of the country.”
(REUTERS) – Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China.“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” Rooney said in a statement yesterday.British media had reported that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in China to see if he could negotiate a deal for the England forward to leave United and join the fast-growing Chinese Super League.Rooney, 31, has been unable to command a regular starting place under manager Jose Mourinho and faces a race to be fit for a likely substitute’s role in the League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.He missed his club’s Europa League win at St Etienne on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and Mourinho said he could not guarantee that the player would still be at Old Trafford for the final year of his contract, which expires after the 2017-2018 season.In January Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s club goal-scoring record but has fallen behind the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford in the competition for a first-team place.In the statement, on United’s website, he said: “I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.”Rooney, who joined United from Everton as an 18-year-old, began the season in the first team, scoring in their opening Premier League match — a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.Yet he has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho, making only eight starts in 17 Premier League appearances this season, and scoring just two goals.Rooney, who joined United in 2004, broke Charlton’s Manchester United scoring record on January 21 when he scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Stoke City — his 250th goal for the club.He is also England’s top scorer, overtaking the same player when he scored his 50th international goal, against Switzerland in September 2015.He hopes to add to his current tally of 53 — and 119 caps — but was dropped for the first time in his England career by manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in October, although he returned to captain his country against Scotland a month later.His hopes of beating Peter Shilton’s England appearance record of 125 internationals look doubtful, but if he had moved to China, where British media reported he could have more than doubled his current £300 000 ($376 230)-a-week wages, they would likely have been non-existent.