As we begin to explore space more, whether mankind or machine does this, it is very possible that life of some kind will be found. Of course, this life might only exist in the form of plant life. However, we might also find animals or humanoid lifeforms too. Ideally, we’d want to find sentient beings, but it is unknown. What we can be sure about is that there will be planets out there that have some form of biology on them. That is where an Astrobiologist will be key for us, as they will be able to study and understand what we find on these planets.
As of now, astrobiology is a real thing that exists. However, their jobs so far are mostly in theoretics. They study origins, early evolution distribution, and the possible future of life in the universe. Since their jobs are clearly based on theoretics, they land in the interdisciplinary areas of science. That will certainly not be the case forever. As astrobiology is one of the amazing jobs that will exist in the future. Though we cannot know yet when this job will enhance to become important to mankind right now. That is simply due to our lack of exploration. The more we do this and come across other planets, the higher the chance biologists will be heavily needed.
As artificial intelligence becomes more and more common, we will eventually get to a point where AI will likely become capable of standing alone. Thus, becoming their own beings away from human interference. However, as of now, AI ethics mostly involve how humans use it. Not so much the idea of AI becoming its own separate sentient being. Today, AI Ethicists mostly help to ensure a system of moral principles and techniques are used in the development process of artificial intelligence technology. Along with the proper use of any updates to them.
However, AI Ethicists will eventually move away from this current role. They will then become advocates for how humans use AI, similar to how ethicists are present in how human employees are treated. Yes, this job will essentially be to ensure the civil rights of AI as its own existing being. Although, we are a long way away from such a timeframe where AI can stand on its own like this. Yet AI Ethicists will be one of the most amazing jobs that will exist in the future, without a doubt. Mostly because these people will be just as important to civil rights as activists are now. Except it will be for sentient machines rather than humanity.
While this might be a controversial concept, there are many who believe telesurgery will become a bigger thing within the next twenty years or so. Just like all telehealth stuff we see today, human doctors (or surgeons in this case), will be part of the surgical procedure. Of course, this actually DOES exist as we speak. The drawback is that it is not exactly something available to the average person. What exactly is telesurgery and how does it work? Essentially, a surgeon uses wireless networking and robotic technology to perform a surgery on a patient at a distant location.
This type of technology will be massive and could very well extend life in areas where surgical procedures are nearly impossible to see. Right now there is a shortage of surgeons in not just the United States, but in most developing nations. With this tech, one surgeon would no longer be limited by their geographic location. A talented surgeon could use robotics to perform top-tier surgeries on anyone, anywhere in the world. Telesurgery will eliminate major financial problems, most complications, and especially long-distance travel. Clearly, it will be one of the most amazing jobs that will exist in the future.
Commercial aircraft pilots are all over the world right now, flying major planes with hundreds of passengers a day. Eventually, though, many pilots will ditch the commercial travel from nation to nation and instead take people into space. The real question mark is…will they fly them into actual space or just into the upper atmosphere? There is a big difference here because most would not consider it to be “space” until you’re able to exit the Earth’s atmosphere entirely. Due to the world’s billionaires ignoring world hunger and housing problems because of their joy of space, we will see commercial space travel relatively soon.
Of course, to actually do this effectively, you will need to have well-trained pilots who can withstand several trips into space during a given week. People often forget that being in space is not exactly “easy” on your body. Nor is the launch from Earth or the return to it. SpaceX has already made reusable rockets, and Blue Origin is planning on making its own Space Center in orbit. Therefore, it is obvious that this will be one of the most amazing jobs that will exist in the future. The real problem is not knowing how far people will be taken, or for how long. On top of not knowing enough about what repeated travel could do to a person.
It is quite obvious that asteroids contain some amazing materials. They pass by our planet all the time, and we’ve already proven we can get probes on one. Thus, getting humans on one long enough to mine them will be a difficult adventure. We will need the proper equipment to get there, along with the right equipment to work in space for long periods of time. Radiation will likely be quite high, either from a nearby star or simple cosmic radiation. But the rewards that mining asteroids bring could be huge.
Many believe that this could be a great way to mine for water in the future, should something occur and the world needs more water to use. Yet the big thing asteroids bring to the table are the important metals we need. That includes things like nickel, iron, iridium, platinum, palladium, magnesium, and most importantly…gold. The first asteroid miners will likely become rich overnight after one mining expedition. However, as mining increases, precious metals like gold will lose their value. Yet the big thing is that most of our technology needs metals, and asteroid miners will give tech companies a way to get more and more of that likely at a lower cost.
Today, anthropologists study many things. Mostly, they are known for studying humanity overall. They like to know about human behavior, biology, cultures, societies, and languages from the present day and from the past. There are also SEVERAL forms of anthropology, each doing a specific task. Social anthropologists study patterns in human behavior. Cultural anthropologists study cultures and what a cultural norm or value might be. The most famous version of anthropologists is likely the archeologists who tend to dig up things of the past, like dinosaur bones or entire towns.
Eventually, we will find sentient life in our universe. It is statistically impossible that we’re the only sentient beings in the entire universe. With quintillions of stars and possible exoplanets where life could be, it would be illogical to assume life does not exist somewhere. That said, one of the most amazing jobs that will exist in the future will most certainly be in Astroanthropology. These people will study these sentient beings, their cultures, languages, beliefs, religions, etc. They will become crucial to understanding and working with these beings. Making this particular job one of the most important on the planet in the future.
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