AI and Changing Aspirations


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Doc Granger brands himself a “citizen journalist.” It’s where life has led in a very positive way.

His early aspirations were to be a baseball player, then a deejay, then writer, then an attorney. He accomplished some, not others, but his aspirations never died, just weaved a bit from start to finish of each original desire. It’s called life.

Aspirations can vary widely depending on personal circumstances, values, and life experiences. However, here are some general trends for different age groups:

Though there are some rapid adjustments in aspirations vis a vis career planning since the introduction of AI, basic hopes and wishes based on age and place in life have not dramatically changed. Let’s look at traditional aspirations and segue into changing career aspirations in recent times.


Establishing Independence: Gaining financial and personal independence, often through education or starting a career.

Self-Discovery: Exploring personal interests, identities, and passions.

Building Relationships: Forming lasting friendships and romantic relationships.


Career Advancement: Climbing the career ladder, achieving professional success, or possibly changing career paths.

Starting a Family: Many in this age group focus on marriage and having children.

Financial Stability: Establishing financial security, buying a home, and saving for the future.


Career Peak: Reaching or approaching the peak of one’s career, aiming for leadership or expert positions.

Balancing Life: Finding a balance between work, family, and personal time.

Health and Well-being: Maintaining physical health and addressing any mid-life health issues.


Sustaining Success: Maintaining career achievements and possibly mentoring others.

Preparing for Retirement: Planning and saving for retirement, considering future lifestyle changes.

Personal Fulfillment: Pursuing hobbies, interests, and personal projects.


Transitioning to Retirement: Preparing for and transitioning into retirement, redefining one’s daily routine.

Health Maintenance: Focusing on staying healthy and active.

Family and Legacy: Spending more time with family and thinking about legacy and contributions to future generations.


Enjoying Retirement: Fully embracing retirement, engaging in leisure activities, travel, and hobbies.

Health and Mobility: Managing health issues and maintaining mobility and independence.

Community Involvement: Being involved in community, volunteer work, or social groups.


Health and Comfort: Prioritizing health, comfort, and quality of life.

Legacy and Reflection: Reflecting on life’s achievements and experiences, sharing stories and wisdom.

Family Connection: Staying connected with family, enjoying time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Contentment and Peace: Finding contentment, peace, and comfort in daily life.

Support Systems: Relying on support systems for health and daily living needs.

Legacy and Memories: Cherishing memories, sharing life experiences, and ensuring one’s legacy.

These aspirations can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances, cultural background, and personal goals.

Where are you in this aspirational lineage?

The greatest change in career aspirations has happened since AI. Let’s take a look:

The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) has had a profound impact on various fields, and young people’s aspirations have evolved rapidly in response to this technological revolution. Here are some ways in which a young person’s aspirations might have changed in a short time due to the influence of AI:

Career Aspirations

From Traditional Fields to Tech-Driven Careers:

  • A young person who once aspired to be a doctor or lawyer might now be drawn to careers in AI and machine learning, seeing the potential for innovation and high demand in these fields.
  • Instead of aspiring to be an artist in the traditional sense, they might now aim to become a digital artist, leveraging AI tools for creating and enhancing their work.

Emerging Job Roles:

  • New job roles like AI ethicist, data scientist, and AI research scientist have emerged, attracting young people interested in the intersection of technology and social impact.
  • Careers in robotics, autonomous systems, and AI-driven healthcare have become appealing due to their cutting-edge nature and potential to transform industries.

Education and Skill Development

Shift in Educational Focus:

  • Students are now more likely to pursue degrees in computer science, data analytics, and AI-related fields.
  • There’s a growing interest in learning programming languages like Python and acquiring skills in machine learning and neural networks.

Online Learning and Resources:

  • With the rise of AI, young people are increasingly turning to online platforms like Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy to gain knowledge and certifications in AI and related technologies.
  • AI-driven personalized learning tools are helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses, tailoring educational content to their needs.

Personal Aspirations and Hobbies

Integration of AI in Daily Life:

  • A young person interested in music might now use AI-powered tools to compose, produce, and even perform music.
  • Aspiring writers can leverage AI to assist in brainstorming, editing, and generating content, enhancing their creative process.

Innovative and Entrepreneurial Ventures:

  • The accessibility of AI tools and platforms has empowered young people to start their own tech startups, creating apps, software, and AI-driven solutions for various problems.
  • Crowdfunding platforms and social media have made it easier for young entrepreneurs to gain support and visibility for their AI-driven projects.

Social and Ethical Considerations

Interest in AI Ethics and Policy:

  • Young people are increasingly aware of the ethical implications of AI, leading some to aspire to work in AI ethics, policy-making, and advocacy to ensure responsible AI development.
  • The desire to address issues like bias, privacy, and the societal impact of AI has become a significant motivator for many.

Global and Community Impact:

  • There is a growing aspiration among young people to use AI for social good, such as developing AI applications for environmental conservation, healthcare accessibility, and education in underserved communities.
  • The idea of making a positive impact on the world through AI technology resonates with the values and goals of many young individuals.

Future-Proofing and Adaptability

Focus on Lifelong Learning:

  • Understanding the rapid pace of technological change, young people are more inclined to adopt a mindset of lifelong learning to stay relevant in their careers.
  • They aspire to continuously update their skills and knowledge to adapt to new advancements in AI and other emerging technologies.

Interdisciplinary Approaches:

  • Recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of AI, young people are combining their interests in fields like psychology, biology, and sociology with AI to create innovative solutions and pursue unique career paths.

In summary, the introduction of AI has significantly influenced young people’s aspirations, steering them towards tech-driven careers, innovative ventures, and ethical considerations. The dynamic and evolving nature of AI has fostered a spirit of adaptability and lifelong learning, shaping a generation ready to harness the power of AI for personal and societal growth.

Where do you fit in the new aspirational lineage?

Excelsior, friends. Old Doc Granger says, “Keep growing, exploring, and doing what your heart desires.There is no end to change, keeping up with change is a lifelong investment! Old Doc? I’m enjoying my landing as a modern day Citizen Journalist: Born Free, Live Free, Speak Free, Fight to Protect those God-Given Freedoms. The “Eleven Eleven Synchronicity”



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