This is a reflection on this great story in the NYTimes, "The Robots are Coming for Phil in Accounting."

It makes me recall the first 7 people that I replaced with a computer program.

I was still a very young developer, and in working with the team I found that I liked them a lot.  Good people, interesting backgrounds, and very kind.

I didn't expect to replace them in totality, it's just that I was able to code 90% of what they did manually, and those above all of us decided to take the opportunity to eliminate 90% of the positions.

I recall what one of them said: "If a job can be replaced by a computer program, it's probably not that great of a job, right?"

The main thing it changed in my life was the way I talked to my team, making sure that they realized that if they were doing a lot of mindless work, that a program could replace them, too, and to always look for work that required human thought.

To quote the article, " A.I. enters the corporate world, it is forcing workers at all levels to adapt, and focus on developing the kinds of distinctly human skills that machines can’t easily replicate."


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