Calling all coders: is AI coming for your job?

Forecasting the future isn’t easy but some things are predictable. It is predictable, for example, that every now and then everyone will get excited about the imminent arrival of machines that think like people and that will therefore destroy people’s jobs. This triggers a mix of enthusiasm and paranoia. But after the humanoid machines fail to materialize as predicted, everyone calms down and gets back to work. In 2016, we are approaching the end of one of those periodic bouts of excitement. This is the one triggered by the 2013 report from Frey and Osborne at Oxford University, who analysed lots of U.S. jobs and formed some conclusions about the likelihood of those jobs being replaced by computers. The resultant paranoia led Google’s Eric Schmidt to warn everyone about it…


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