It doesn’t take a genius to see that competence is no longer about our ability to press certain buttons in a certain sequence. Far more often, competence involves the humanity required to connect with other people, in real time.
The wider point is that the more that AI and tabloid-terrorising robots accomplish, the more important will be the “human” skills that technology can’t offer. As Seth says,
It requires emotional labor, not merely compliance.
And, of course, that is where the sovereign professional – whatever his or her particular field – will add value and earn the rewards.