These days, technological advancement has become exponentially crazier with A.I., Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, Real-time Rendering, LED Screens, just to name a few. I used to fear being replaced by new technology. You should not be afraid and fight with new technology. Because they are just the tools to help you with your job.
For example, let’s say I just want to make a cool shot. So cutting down the time for rendering and rotoscoping or painting out allows me to focus more on art directing. Even if your job is submitting the roto, then A.I. rotobot or advanced tracking technology is awesome in that it gives you 80% of roto completed. So you, as a roto artist with eyes for fine details, can focus on finessing the consistency of edges or hair details, and submit work faster and take on more work. Tesla’s AI driving technology will eventually replace the need of driving on a daily basis because you don’t always want to drive: you simply want to go from place A to B. But I don’t think we are going to watch AI-driven Autopilot Formula 1 racing unless we prefer it. Keep in mind, in order to take advantage of the technology, it is always important to not neglect the foundations. I believe studying those “cumbersome” processes will train your eyes to notice details, which is essential to be professional. I still have a lot to learn as well.