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Here Are 5 Skills To Keep Yourself Relevant To Tech-Centric Jobs

Here are 5 skills that, if acquired, can keep you relevant in the transforming global job market of tomorrow

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Online training is the perfect medium to bridge the gap and realising what you can do and can make a career in.. Pixabay

Rapid developments in technology require professionals to upgrade their skills for technology-centered jobs of tomorrow

Srikanth Vidapanakal, who has been into data for more than 18 years, was inquisitive to learn about new technologies. He did a Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree that helped him acquire advanced skills and landed him with a job in automation sector. Srikanth is an example of lifelong learning where staying relevant in the age of rapidly changing technologies is the need of the hour.

In 2017, research suggested that AI and robotics could collectively take over 800 million jobs worldwide by 2030. On the flipside, it also mentioned that the technological revolution will end up creating millions of new jobs. In order to stay relevant and keep their jobs in the changing global job landscape, technologists and professionals from diverse fields will be required to upskill themselves Keeping yourself abreast with emerging technologies will constantly keep you ahead of the game.

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The mock killer robot was displayed in London in April 2013 during the launching of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which calls for the ban of lethal robot weapons that would be able to select and attack targets without any human intervention. (VOA)

Here are 5 skills that, if acquired, can keep you relevant in the transforming global job market of tomorrow:

Machine Learning: Machine Learning entered the technological arena as a game-changer that enabled multifaceted software to become more competent at tasks without the need for repeated programming. Machine Learning allows computers to read and interpret large data sets to derive essential insights. This learning can further be applied to complex data models in order to create predictions and compare trends for the future. Machine Learning can also enable algorithms to track data and identify weak links in any process or system, thereby optimizing them to their highest level of productivity and efficiency.

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hrough Deep Learning, software can identify and configure patterns from data.

 

Deep Learning: Deep Learning is a part of Machine Learning which is based on the Neural Network architecture. Neural networks are extremely advanced programming codes that seamlessly mimic the architecture of neurons of the human brain. Through Deep Learning, software can identify and configure patterns from data or images much more proficiently. By identifying patterns in data, Deep Learning can be utilized to create more efficient Natural Language processors that can be used to write more responsive chatbots.

Blockchain: Blockchain technology evolved with the purpose of appending data security and information privacy to cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Today, the robust mechanism has found applications in securing digital payments, smart contracts, cybersecurity, digital IDs copyright protection and data sharing. Given the exceptionally versatile nature of blockchain applications, blockchain technology experts are high in demand in the job market. Jobseekers with blockchain skills bag the 4th highest salaries in India which makes it one of the most sought after job by Indians and professionals around the world.

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Blockchain Holds Promise Of Strengthening Financial Services Sector. pixabay

Robotics and Automation: Both robotics and automation are essentially reducing human labor and proliferating safety of humans by taking over dangerous, physically demanding tasks. Robots can easily lift heavier weights and tolerate high temperature working environments more than human workers possibly can. Robotics has quickly clocked in the highest potential among any other applications of Artificial Intelligence. With Machine Learning at the heart of AI, robots that already outperform humans at the physical level will also be able to undertake a variety of laborious tasks such warehousing and security.

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Self-Driving Cars: For more than a 100 years, motor vehicles have been an integral part of human existence. Since its inception, the motor vehicle has gone through umpteen updates that have led to the invention of the modern and inherently secure vehicle. However, road accidents have continued to cause loss of property and life. These fatal accidents can be attributed not to technology but to human negligence or error, leading to the need for replacing the human driver. With cutting-edge robotics, Machine Learning, and engineering, humans have been able to create self-driving cars. These driverless vehicles are appearing to be exponentially more efficient at avoiding collisions and accidents. (IANS)

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Amazon’s Exit Could Scare Off Tech Companies From New York

Critics complained about public subsidies that were offered to Amazon and chafed at some of the conditions of the deal.

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New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (2nd-L) speaks during a press conference in Gordon Triangle Park in the Queens borough of New York, following Amazon's announcement it would abandon its proposed headquarters for the area, Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine’s Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company’s anti-union stance.

With millions of jobs and a bustling economy, New York can withstand the blow, but experts say the decision by the e-commerce giant to walk away and take with it 25,000 promised jobs could scare off other companies considering moving to or expanding in the city, which wants to be seen as the Silicon Valley of the East Coast.

“One of the real risks here is the message we send to companies that want to come to New York and expand to New York,” said Julie Samuels, the executive director of industry group Tech: NYC. “We’re really playing with fire right now.”

In November, Amazon selected New York City and Crystal City, Virginia, as the winners of a secretive, yearlong process in which more than 230 North American cities bid to become the home of the Seattle-based company’s second headquarters.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo heralded the city’s selection at the time as the biggest boon yet to its burgeoning tech economy and underscored that the deal would generate billions of dollars for improving transit, schools and housing.

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Amazon said in a statement Thursday its commitment to New York City required “positive, collaborative relationships” with state and local officials. Pixabay

Opposition came swiftly though, as details started to emerge.

Critics complained about public subsidies that were offered to Amazon and chafed at some of the conditions of the deal, such as the company’s demand for access to a helipad. Some pleaded for the deal to be renegotiated or scrapped altogether.

“We knew this was going south from the moment it was announced,” said Thomas Stringer, a site selection adviser for big companies. “If this was done right, all the elected officials would have been out there touting how great it was. When you didn’t see that happen, you knew something was wrong.”

Stringer, a managing director of the consulting firm BDO USA LLP, said city and state officials need to rethink the secrecy with which they approached the negotiations. Community leaders and potential critics were kept in the dark, only to be blindsided when details became public.

“It’s time to hit the reset button and say, “What did we do wrong?”‘ Stringer said. “This is fumbling at the 1-yard line.”

Amazon said in a statement Thursday its commitment to New York City required “positive, collaborative relationships” with state and local officials and that a number of them had “made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward.”

Not that Amazon is blameless, experts say.

Joe Parilla, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, said the company’s high-profile bidding process may have stoked the backlash. Companies usually search for new locations quietly, in part to avoid the kind of opposition Amazon received.

“They had this huge competition, and the media covered it really aggressively, and a bunch of cities responded,” Parilla said. “What did you expect? It gave the opposition a much bigger platform.”

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Other tech companies have been keeping New York City’s tech economy churning without making much of a fuss. Pixabay

Richard Florida, an urban studies professor and critic of Amazon’s initial search process, said the company should have expected to feel the heat when it selected New York, a city known for its neighborhood activism.

“At the end of the day, this is going to hurt Amazon,” said Florida, head of the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute. “This is going to embolden people who don’t like corporate welfare across the country.”

Other tech companies have been keeping New York City’s tech economy churning without making much of a fuss.

Google is spending $2.4 billion to build up its Manhattan campus. Cloud-computing company Salesforce has plastered its name on Verizon’s former headquarters in midtown, and music streaming service Spotify is gobbling up space at the World Trade Center complex.

Despite higher costs, New York City remains attractive to tech companies because of its vast, diverse talent pool, world-class educational and cultural institutions and access to other industries, such as Wall Street capital and Madison Avenue ad dollars.

No other metropolitan area in the U.S. has as many computer-related jobs as New York City, which has 225,600, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington, Boston, Atlanta and Dallas each have a greater concentration of their workers in tech.

In the New York area, the average computer-related job pays roughly $104,000 a year, about $15,000 above the national average. Still, that’s about $20,000 less than in San Francisco.

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Even after cancelling its headquarters project, Amazon still has 5,000 employees in New York City, not counting Whole Foods.

“New York has actually done a really great job of growing and supporting its tech ecosystem, and I’m confident that will continue,” Samuels said. “Today we took a step back, but I would not put the nail in the coffin of tech in New York City.” (VOA)