The growing sense of unease surrounding job security is beginning to dominate discussions around AI advancements. If algorithms can perform a task at a similar quality, for a fraction of the time and price, why wouldn’t businesses replace their human workforce with an automated army of round the clock workers?
But even if AI algorithms become more widely used by digital design studios, they still need someone to set the brief for the design work, and to ensure the end result is suitable and of high-enough quality. However, that job could be done by one person, rather than a team of designers.
The potential for AI to result in significant job loss has resulted in backlash from many designers. Leading to online forums pressuring studios to hire people instead, and threatening to boycott studios using AI. But even if an anti-AI movement gained momentum, that moral high-ground will likely be unaffordable for small businesses, as new technology becomes readily available online.
In a way, the accessibility of AI design creates a more equal platform for people to acquire original digital work. It also wouldn’t be the first time jobs have been lost as a result of digital advancements. Film projectionists, telegraphists, and darkroom technicians all once had full time careers that were made redundant by ‘robots’ (aka. computer, phones and photoshop).
Perhaps that’s just the risk you take when choosing to pursue a technologically based profession - that one day the machines may take over, and provide future generations with a host of brand new jobs and accessible tools - like the ones we now use daily.