"Short of telling people to "learn to code", O'Reilly sees a new set of literacies being required if the workforce of the future is to take advantage of the oncoming "augmentation" that intelligent systems could enable.
"I think the golden age of the last couple of decades where you can become a programmer and you'll get a job... is sort of over," O'Reilly says. "Programming is now more like being able to read and write. You just have to be able to do it to be able to get the most out of the tools and the environments that you're presented with, whatever they are."
"Every working scientist today is a programmer," he adds. "Programming can make a journalist more successful, programming can make a marketer more successful, programming can make a salesperson more successful, programming can make an HR person more successful. Having technical literacy is on the same level as being good at reading, writing, and speaking."