Before we fear artificial intelligence, we need to learn to work alongside it

Artificial intelligence is becoming a reality and people are starting to wonder what the world will be like when ‘the robots’ are advanced enough to undertake tasks that previously could only be done by humans. It is an uncomfortable thought to consider whether we will even be relevant in the future. Experts still disagree over the extent of the threat to the job market, but agree that change is coming. Computer scientist and futurist Jerry Kaplan insists the idea of AI creating a “jobs Armageddon” is ludicrous, whilst AI evangelist Ben Goertzel states “job losses are a feature not a bug of AI”.    During the British Agricultural Revolution farming jobs were lost to machinery, yet the approaching Industrial Revolution opened up many more roles. There wasn’t a sudden shortage of farming…


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