Mark Cuban Says This Will Be The Most In-Demand Job Skill In The Next Decade

Your English degree is finally about to pay off

Image via YouTube

It’s no secret that robots are stealing jobs—you could even argue they have an affinity for it. Contrary to what the 45th president of the United States likes to believe, automation poses the biggest threat to millions of American jobs. And while he probably won’t look into it, there’s plenty of research to prove this new reality. According to a 2016 report released by research firm Forrester, artificial intelligence and similar technological tools will replace 7 percent of American jobs by 2025. Another 2013 study released by Oxford University scientists Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne estimated the likelihood of automation for 702 wide-ranging professions. At least a dozen of the jobs listed have a 99 percent chance of becoming computerized, including telemarketing, data entry, and tax preparation.

All jokes and terrifying statistics aside, billionaire Mark Cuban says there is something we can all do to prepare for the robot takeover. Instead of fighting the inevitability of automation, Cuban recently argued in an interview with Bloomberg TV that we need to be creative and adapt to technological progress. This is good news for all the anxious English majors out there who might be dismayed by the current demand for coding jobs. “I personally think there's going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering,” Cuban said.

Ultimately, the mega-rich software developer predicts the economy will benefit more from original thinking than number crunching. “When the data is all being spit out for you for you, options are being spit out for you,” Cuban said, “You need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data.” English, philosophy, and foreign language majors all stand to benefit from a disruption in the workforce. But for the millions of others who see their jobs disappearing faster than they were created, the government will have to intervene.

While there are countless ways for U.S. officials to tackle this problem, Cuban suggests investing in programs like AmeriCorps as a practical solution. Drawing upon the creative talents of individuals to benefit their local communities could be an effective way to create meaningful work. The biggest hurdle in that case may be ideological, but if we can create new jobs while changing the culture to value public service, the United States will be better off in more ways than one.

To see Bloomberg TV’s full interview with Mark Cuban, check out the video above.

Ottawa Humane Society / Flickr

The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

Keep Reading Show less
via I love butter / Flickr

We often dismiss our dreams as nonsensical dispatches from the mind while we're deep asleep. But recent research proves that our dreams can definitely affect our waking lives.

People often dream about their significant others and studies show it actually affects how we behave towads them the next day.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

Keep Reading Show less
via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less

There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

Keep Reading Show less
Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

Keep Reading Show less