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Tomorrow’s Jobs

Tomorrow’s Job, Today

As 65% of children are predicated to have jobs that don’t exist yet, Misk Global brings futuristic jobs envisioned during discussions at the World Economic Forum 2018 and TED2018 to life as stunning artworks.


Virtual Human Biographer

This person takes the personal data and life stories of someone and constructs their personality as a virtual A.I. for future generations to interact with. As inspired by Supasorn Suwajanakorn at Session 3: Nerdish Delight, TED2018: The Age of Amazement.

Asteroid Miner

As asteroid detection becomes more advanced, miners are deployed to terraform passing asteroids, enabling us to harness the valuable minerals contained within. As inspired by Karen J. Meech at Session 5: Space to Dream, TED2018: The Age of Amazement.

World Economic Forum 2018

Superstructure Printer

As 3D printers allow us to build at a colossal scale, this person manages their operation during construction. As inspired by H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih, Leila Hoteit, Sir Martin Sorrell, David M. Rubenstein, Sona Mirzoyan, Amal Dokhan & Richard Quest at Misk Global Disrupt to Stabilize: How Youth are Shaping a Fractured World Breakfast Panel, World Economic Forum 2018.

National Identity Conservationist

With ever increasing globalization, this person scans places of national identity, digitally preserving them forever. As inspired by Martin Sorrell, Beh Swan Gin, Eric Gertler, Fulvio Pompeo & Suresh Prabhu at WPP Best Countries Breakfast Panel, World Economic Forum 2018.

Public Technology Ethicist

A government researcher who evaluates new technology in order to decide whether it’s appropriate for public use. The making of the ‘Public Technology Ethicist’ On Tuesday January 24, 2018, Misk Global sat down to watch Marc Benioff, Rachel Botsman, Dara Khosrowshahi, Martin Sorrell and Ruth Porat discuss ‘In Technology We Trust’ at the World Economic Forum. What started out as a discussion on the trust of technology, quickly turned into a debate on whether digital companies that use a shared economy model should be more closely regulated or free to decide their own boundaries. Rachel Botsman noted: “A lot of regulation is stuck in this institutional mindset and it hasn’t yet adapted fast enough to these distributed networks and systems” As the discussion continued it became clear that the panel consensus was, in-time, as technologies get bigger and potentially monopolize a market, it is ultimately down to government bodies to review these technologies from the public’s perception, not as a hierarchical top down approach. Inspired by this narrative, we created the ‘Public Technology Ethicist’ role, an individual employed by the government to research the latest technologies from a citizen’s perspective, in order for them to make an informed decision on how they are to be regulated. As driverless vehicles were mentioned throughout the discussion we decided to focus our image on a futuristic school bus, emphasizing just how much trust we will be placing in technology in the future.

Remote Robotic Surgeon

A doctor who provides healthcare to patients in rural locations through a 5G connected robot. The making of the ‘Remote Robotic Surgeon’  On Wednesday January 25, 2018, Misk Global gathered to watch the ‘ Transforming Health in the 4th Industrial Revolution’ panel discussion. Consisting of Rajeev Suri, Satya Nadella, Michael F. Neidorff, Frans Van Houten, and moderated by Rebeca Blumstein, the group began their conversation around the potential of wearables. The panellists believed that as wearables become more advanced and adopted by the millions, they’ll produce an overwhelming amount of data to analyse, and that this huge influx will put strains not only on our existing network systems, but also on the healthcare professionals themselves. Rajeev Suri predicted that a whole host of new technologies will emerge, to not only accommodate this information but to also make it faster to process. He said: “5G networks will allow us to have dedicated networks for hospitals, where every patient will have their own data sent to the hospital directly” The panel agreed that these high speed data medical transmissions would only be useful to society if their purpose was to improve everyone’s lives, not just the rich and elite. Frans Van Houten noted: “We need to acknowledge the great cost that sickness brings to the world, both financially and emotionally” It was at this point that Rajeev Suri suggested 5G could enable future healthcare to reach people like never before. He suggested that 5G technology could enable surgeons to control robots from afar, such as remote locations, and unlike current tele surgeons this would not require elite hospitals on both sides for to perform the operation. Inspired by this idea, we decided to bring the ‘Remote Robotic Surgeon’ role to life as it represented a vision for the future healthcare, that not only embraced technology, but democratized it for the benefit of everyone.

Blockchain Banking Engineer

A person who expands the infrastructure of blockchain technology, giving people access to secure banking for the first time. The making of the ‘Blockchain Banking Engineer’ With high profile panelists including Christine Lagarde, Steven Mnuchin, Philip Hammond, Laurence D. Fink, Jin Keyu & Paul Achleitner, CNBC moderator Geoff Cutmore had a wide range of opinions to draw on for ‘The Remaking of Global Finance’ panel discussion at The World Economic Forum 2018. Although the panel initially started to discuss today’s position on global finance, mainly focusing on the U.S. dollar and ‘Brexit’ implications, it was Laurence Fink who first brought up the thought that the current financial system is not inclusive. He said: “We have not addressed the issue of inclusiveness in the financial being. We have to improve financial literacy so people don’t feel frightened to move money into long term instruments.” Noting this shift, Christine Lagarde reiterated: “There are 2 billion people who don’t have access to the financial markets, people who don’t have bank accounts.” As Geoff Cutmore tried to navigate the panel towards a solution for this, he touched upon the hot topic of cryptocurrencies. Lagarde, noted for one last speech: “Mobile payments and new algorithms are actually going to help with the inclusion of people.” The panel rushed to comment on this new technology, with both Fink and Achleitner agreeing that the banking industry must embrace it as the future. Inspired by these comments and the natural direction of the conversation, we decided to create the ‘Blockchain Banking Engineer’ role as our latest ‘Tomorrow’s Job’. Blockchain technology ultimately has the power to give those ‘2 billion people’ the chance to have secure finance, even in the most remote parts of the world, and the upkeep of this expanding network will.

Landfill Recycler

A person who salvages existing materials in landfills to reuse in new production. The making of the ‘Landfill Recycler’ On our final day at The World Economic Forum in Davos we attended the ‘From Linear to Exponential Value Chains’ panel discussion. The panel, moderated by Johan C. Aurik and consisting of Inga Beale, Rajesh Gopinathan, Gisbert Rühl, Dharmendra Pradhan and Tarek Sultan Al Essa, began their discussion by describing the potential breakup of existing value chains. It was Tarek who first put out the idea that: “Digitization will fundamentally change the way supply networks work.” As the panel continued, it was evident that digitization, A.I. and new technology would play an increasing role in all of their industries. One example given was: “50% of lorry containers come back empty handed. We can improve this situation with A.I.” As Johan passed the discussion onto the audience, there was one question that became the seed to our inspiration. The gentleman asked: “As value shifts to the designers, it will also shift to the countries that can produce the resources. Do you think the world of physical manufacturing might completely change?” The panel engaged with this question and in the ensuing conversation it was suggested that if local manufacturing increased import costs, then the need for domestically produced materials would arise. Inspired by this, we created ‘Landfill Recycler’ a futuristic job role that enabled countries to scavenge their waste for reusable materials. We not only liked the idea because of its aspiration, but because it solves a real world problem that is currently ignored.

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