Will AI take our jobs?

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Written by Eddie S. Jackson, MrNetTek
March 15, 2020 at 6:02 AM EST

When I was researching AI and its impact on jobs, the question of whether AI will take human jobs (or not) is a complex and controversial one. AI, or artificial intelligence, is the ability of software, hardware, or computer-controlled robotics to perform tasks commonly associated with humans, such as reasoning, learning, and problem-solving. AI has many applications and subfields, such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition, and robotics.

AI definitely has a significant impact on human jobs, both positive and negative. On the one hand, AI can replace some jobs that are highly repetitive, rule-based, or dangerous, such as manufacturing, data entry, customer service, and long haul trucking (these trucks are being tested right now). This can increase productivity, efficiency, quality, and safety in various industries and sectors. AI can also create new jobs that require human skills, such as creativity, empathy, communication, and collaboration. For example, AI can give rise to new roles for data scientists, AI engineers, content creators, educators, and health care workers.

On the other hand, AI can also pose threats to human jobs that are not easily automated or replaced by machines. For instance, AI can challenge the dignity, autonomy, and rights of human workers if it is used to exploit, manipulate, or discriminate against them. AI can also cause unemployment, inequality, and social unrest if it displaces more workers than it creates, or if it benefits only a few at the expense of many. Moreover, AI can raise ethical, legal, and moral questions about the value and meaning of human work and intelligence. Many jobs require a social element, even if those jobs could be replaced with AI, that does not make it a good idea.

Example: Would you want a robot taking care of you at a hospital? Most people would say no.

Therefore, the answer to whether AI will take human jobs is not a simple yes or no. It depends on many factors, such as the type of job, the level of AI development, the availability of education and training, the regulation and governance of AI use, and the social and cultural attitudes towards AI and work. Trust me when I say this, there will be lines drawn, and opposing forces will challenge how pervasive AI will be. The future of work in the age of AI is uncertain and unpredictable. As a final thought, it is also an opportunity for us to rethink about our relationship with employment and technology, and to shape a more inclusive and sustainable future for ourselves. The future will be what we make it.

See: Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data


Take a look at this video. It shows that humans have always thought machines are coming for our jobs, but…here we are, still working away.


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