Not even computer scientists’ jobs are safe from the rise of artificial intelligence

Step aside “Terminator” — moviemakers looking to make accurate dystopian movies should instead take cues from “The Grapes of Wrath.” That’s because robots won’t take our lives — they’re more likely to take our livelihoods. And it’s looking more and more likely that these artificially intelligent programs will even take over the job of making themselves — some researchers think it’s likely that software engineers will one day be supplanted by intelligent software that can copy, write, and improve programs itself. “I can envision systems that become better and better at writing software,” Bart Selman, a computer scientist at Cornell University, said. “A person complemented with an intelligent system can write maybe ten times as much code, maybe a hundred times as much code. The problem then becomes you need…


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