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Robots: Not The Job Stealers We Feared
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Michelle
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Michelle,
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5/24/2016 | 9:52:31 AM
Re: Jobs become easier, not replaced
I don't know if I'm looking forward to a future where AI tackles busy work. I think it will take some time before we humans fully accept an AI's capability to handle things.
JasonM715
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5/24/2016 | 9:15:34 AM
Wishful thinking in this report
Sorry Arntz, Gregory and Zierahn but over the next 10-20 years - advancements in AI (deep neural networks), robotics and nanotech there will be huge job losses. I am a coder specializing in automation and it's already here.

Just one small example - within the automobile and trucking industries mass automation is ripe and imminent (Google, Daimler, Otto, Tesla's upgradeable features, legislation already passed in states within the US to allow driverless semis, Uber's driverless pilot program in Pittsburgh, etc.). A large number of US jobs are under threat - there are 3.5 million truckers in the US, 233,000 taxi drivers, valet drivers, postal delivery, restaurant delivery, etc. 

The conclusions in the paper are just wishful thinking - it's like watching four kids in a raft 50 feet from the edge of Niagara broadcasting 'it's smooth as glass, we're good!!". Arntz, Gregory and Zierahn would be wise to steep themselves in the the growth of exponential technologies and write about how we are going to successfully transition to a post-employment world.
Whoopty
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5/24/2016 | 7:51:22 AM
Jobs become easier, not replaced
Robots and AI will take over some jobs eventually, but in the short term and in some cases the long term too, we're going to see more workforces augmented with technology rather than replaced by it. Robots are still a long way from being as versatile as humans and there will always be people willing to pay for quality, hand made products over robot built ones. 

That said, I'm excited by the idea of having less busy work to do because the AI can handle that while I get on with the complicated stuff.
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