Majoring in art is a hedge against AI

August 4, 2018

 

My son Matt is an artist. He sees the world through an artist’s lens.

 

He must create art everyday. If he doesn’t, the day has a big void.

 

As a fine arts major at Pratt Institute he’s learning from the best art teachers in NYC.

 

Great, but is it practical to study art?

 

In 2018, a student with an inclination in science, technology, engineering, or math is set. They will develop a skill and leave college knowing there’s a well paying job awaits them.

 

What about artists?

 

Turns out, deciding to become an artist may have a been a very practical decision.

 

He has a profession that will be among the last that AI will supplant.

 

The consulting firm McKinsey & Company published a report about AI that has some startling findings.

 

My takeaway is that when Matt turns 30, AI will be upending much of today’s work force.

 

But not artists. 

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