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Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet

Cognitive systems will only eliminate a small portion of jobs in the near future, according to Forrester. But the impact will still be significant.

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6/28/2016 | 10:07:37 AM
supremacy of technology
While I agree that the technology will be there for this kind of transformation, I doubt it will take place as predicted.  Just because a technology exists doesn't mean we have to use it.  Right now we see the wave of technological advancements as improvements to society.  There will come a point where someone, maybe it's me, who questions if "more is better".   We may start to ask "Who" is benefiting.  There may even be laws passed , similar to laws that describe monopoly power in a corporation.  There maybe laws that say that if technology "harms" the consumer, or maybe even "harms" the worker that that technology is in violation.  This may seem far fetched and backwards, but that is because right now technology has the "edge" and is considered supreme.  Technology will not always be viewed this way.  There have been periods of rapid change that are usually followed by periods of revolt .  The 60's could be viewed as a revolt against technology in a way.  People shunned technology and went back to mother earth.  Anti-war protestors blew up buildings that housed "military secrets" but what they really housed was the technology to allow artilery to target the enemy tables...calculations that sped up the time needed to target the enemy and improve accuracy.  Could some future protesters blow up buildings that house the "brains" of machines that will take their jobs?  The idea of a robot war or machine vs. man has been a part of sci-fi movies and literature forever, but the idea is not fantasy, it is reality.  Man will not go quietly.  Technologists, if they really want the future that is predicted in this article, need to account for man's more primitive nature.  But technologists being the humans they are probably won't plan this very well, it will in fact have to be a machine that learns how to convince man that using techology is to his (man's) benefit, and here in lies the root of the whose benefit is it for technolgy to advance to this level. The answer is: it benefits the machine.
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