Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

ASK Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow what jobs are safe from automation, he will say celebrants are unlikely to see themselves replaced by robots any time soon.
But he estimates more than 42 per cent of jobs will be automated within 15 years.
And his message to students and human resource professionals who heard him speak in Bendigo this week was to ensure they learn and promote the skills which have the best chance of withstanding advancing
technology.
Those are the skills that include a lot of human interaction, problem solving, the element of creativity and generation of ideas.
“So a fitbit could never be designed by a machine because it doesn’t understand the needs of the person and imagine things that that person couldn’t imagine themselves,” Meow-Ludo said.
The bio-technologist is best known for his future predictions, and lived out one of them by having a smartcard travel ticket implanted in his hand.
He is contesting a $200 fine he received last year for riding on the train without a valid ticket.
This week, he talked about the future of work as part of Tech Futures Day hosted by the Bendigo Tech School.
Meow-Ludo said there were future jobs in the power grid, which would have to be redesigned to accommodate the proliferation of small devices and individual input powered by solar or other renewable sources.
He presented a view of the world in which genes are moved into different organisms to create food and objects that fill our needs.
Think mushroom leather and milk that doesn’t come from a cow.
But not everything will change and there will always be jobs for which a human is most suited, such as a celebrant, counsellor or psychologist, teacher and educator.
And students would benefit from learning generalist skills that are transferable between workplaces such as project management, delegation and communication, rather than specialist skills and tasks which are more likely to be done by robots in the future.
Rebecca Ciancio, who works for IT solutions group Maxsum Consulting, agreed with Meow-Ludo’s forecast.
Ms Ciancio said there was a shortage of candidates with the necessary generalist skills coming into the IT workforce.
“Finding these people is increasingly difficult so I have come along to hear other people’s perspective and where the challenges and future opportunities lie,” she said.
– Sharon Kemp