Artificial Intelligence (AI) is bringing in a lot of changes in today’s world but the most significant one may be changing the job market. In 2013 Oxford study projected that an estimated 47% of all employment in the United States runs the risk of getting automated.
In the words of Toby Walsh, a professor in AI at the National Information and Communications Technology, Australia , “ It’s hard to think of a job that a computer won’t ultimately be able to do as well if not better than we can do “ , ( to the Tech Insider).
Previously AI systems struggled at certain tasks like vision, translation, and language. Today armed with machine learning, AI systems are able to learn from its mistakes and are getting better at these tasks. Combining increasing computing capacity with cheaper costs, AI technology might completely transform the society.
Walsh said, “There are various forces in play, and one of those forces is technology, and technology is actually a force that is tending to concentrate and widen the inequality gaps. This is a challenge not for scientists but one for society to address, of how are we going to work through these changes.”
The industrial revolution saw a major mechanization of physical work, and now a future automated revolution is likely to happen more rapidly.
Any job that requires many routine and structured tasks are at risk of automation.Even for what one thinks of as highly-trained, highly-skilled, intuitive personable professions, it is still true that the vast majority of the work is routine.
However, the people who are in most people-facing, sociological, empathetic jobs are going to be people, although even creative fields won’t be completely safe from the robotic workforce in the future.