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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Artificial Intelligence and Jobs

I read an article where Stephen Hawking believes 'we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity' and that the 'rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend job destruction deep into the middle classes'.

The article went on to say that 83% of the jobs where people make less than $20 an hour will be subject to automation or replacement.  Between 2.2 and 3.1 million car, bus and truck driving jobs in the U.S. will be eliminated by the advent of self-driving vehicles.

You might be thinking this won't happen for several decades but researchers estimate the scale of threatened jobs will take place over the next 10 to 15 years.  And if you think it won't happen at all, history shows us it already has happened in the past.  For example, in the nineteenth century, highly skilled artisans and craftsman saw their jobs threatened by the rise of mass production technologies. Many skilled workers were replaced by the combination of machines and lower-skilled labor.

In our own lifetime easily programmable tasks - such as switchboard operations, filing, travel booking and manufacturing applications, to name a few - were replaced by new technologies.

Scary stuff.


  1. Most scary and then millions of people without jobs. How to keep them alive?

  2. In order to survive society will have to become more humane and take care of each other.


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