How Will Humans Handle the Boredom That Comes with AI Taking Their Jobs?

In the 2015 film Ex Machina, Nathan, the coding genius who’s created an almost-human AI named Ava, muses about the nature of robots. He says, “I don’t see Ava as a decision; I see it as an evolution.” Rice University computer scientist and director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Moshe Vardi, thinks maybe this progress is happening a little too quickly. He’s worried that — with, in his estimation, AI doing all human labor by 2045 — humankind will be left with too much spare time on its hands. He’s also concerned the global economy won’t be able to handle all the unemployment. Machines are taking away middle class jobs, and he believes that will increase economic inequality. This Sunday, the highly distinguished researcher and fellow of…


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