Mike Rowe believes that “dirty” jobs are safe from the rise of artificial intelligence, as people begin to fear that recent advances in technology will replace human workers.
The host of “Dirty Jobs” and “How America Works” said it’s inevitable that artificial intelligence will grow in the workplace during his appearance on “The Big Money Show.” However, he said, blue-collar workers have the luxury of relying on skill sets that are difficult to replicate digitally.
“People were saying that robots were going to destroy skilled labour. Well, not really,” he said at the time. “I haven’t seen any plumbing robots. I haven’t seen any electrical robots. And I don’t think we’ll see any AI in such skilled professions. You can’t stop it. Everyone can decide to totally freak out or not.”
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Rowe’s sentiment mirrors the findings of a March Goldman Sachs report, which projected that 300 million jobs worldwide were at risk of being replaced by automation. The report found that administrative workers are most likely to be replaced by digital resources, but jobs that require manual labor and outside tasks will feel “little impact” from the growth of artificial intelligence in those industries.
“I’ve been hearing for years that robots are going to destroy workers’ work,” Rowe said during a separate appearance on Newsroom America.
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Rowe created the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to advocate for skilled workers and break the stigma around skilled workers in 2008, and has since donated $5 million through a work ethic scholarship program that trains people for needed and in-demand jobs.
“My organization has trained nearly 1,700 people in the skilled trades. Many of them are welders, and many of those welders make over six figures. Nobody believes it. Nobody talks about it because the stigmas are so obvious that a child ends up being a laborer.” Welder, because he couldn’t cut it here. That’s bullshit,” he said on the show.
He added, “For people who master an in-demand skill and watch their own trajectory, you’ll find that they land on something that looks a lot like a boom.”