Why the Humanities Are Important, Even In the Age of Technology
There’s no doubt that careers in technology are hot, but as our relationship with technology evolves, Shon Burton argues that an education in the humanities is just as essential.
“There’s a whole new skill emerging around having a deep understanding of what drives human behavior and how humans interact with technology,” Burton, the founder & CEO of HiringSolved, an artificial-intelligence and machine-learning platform, writes in MarketWatch. “Having knowledge of human culture and history allows us to shape the direction of how technology is developed, identifying what problems it should solve and what real-world concerns should be considered throughout the process.”
She uses successful tech companies such as Google’s parent company, Alphabet. as an example of the essential role humanities plays in every the techiest workplace. “They employ highly paid product managers, marketing directors and human resources professionals, many of whom majored in the humanities,” she writes.
Without knowledge of psychology and history, we can’t facilitate human production in any field, including technology, she argues. “Soft” skills help teams work together, and innovate.
With the explosion of technology, it’s only natural to assume that a degree in the STEM fields is a sure thing. With studies predicting that more than 375 million jobs will potentially be automated by 2030, it’s only natural that people are searching for the next AI-proof skill, she writes.
But ultimately, Burton concludes, “Those who have skills that combine human understanding with knowledge of how technology works will not only survive workplace automation, but will thrive in it.”
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