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AI Creates Jobs: Study
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David Wagner
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
6/11/2015 | 1:21:37 PM
I assume that the survey was actually answered by several thousand AIs that answered the phones.

Seriously though, I buy that AI is creating jobs right now, though I question whether it is creating jobs we have enough people to fill.

I think the fear is the tipping point where AI no longer augments people but can replace them. So the study isn't surprising. If you flip the question to a 25 year outlook, I bet the answer changes.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
6/11/2015 | 5:09:02 PM
There's a race: AI creates new jobs, while eliminating jobs
David, that's a good point, but the way I would say it is, artificial intelligence will slowly eliminate many jobs as we know them, while creating new ones. My question is whether the new economy will create more jobs than the old one. The new jobs will be different for sure. In your 25 year period, I think the amount of time that humans devote to their jobs will be cut in half. If the new economy only creates as many jobs as the old one, we'll be fine. The number of total jobs can shrink and we'll be fine. What will hurt, as you suggest, is that the new jobs will have high level, stiff requirements and some segment of the population may get shut out from them. And that's a troublesome thought.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
6/11/2015 | 5:12:18 PM
Re: There's a race: AI creates new jobs, while eliminating jobs
If the jobs being created are presently non-automatable tasks like driving people around for Uber, that's not so great if the jobs lost paid better and had benefits.
User Rank: Author
6/15/2015 | 2:29:31 PM
Re: There's a race: AI creates new jobs, while eliminating jobs
@Thomas that's an important point. It's not necessarily a wash to lose some and gain some -- if the gain holds less value than the loss. 

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