The Fourth Revolution: Artificial Intelligence

The history of work is the history of technology. Throughout that history, technology has brought comfort, ease, and prosperity. And all along it has taken jobs, disrupted lives, and changed the way people live and think. Each new age of innovation has brought a revolution. First, there was steam, then mass production, and late last century information technology. Now, researchers and thought leaders have declared a Fourth Revolution: an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced automation, and sophisticated robotics. The benefits this technology offers to businesses is already evident: greater efficiency and productivity, economic growth, and cheap products. This bright future is shrouded in a gloom that for many is hard to escape, for it implies the end of work as we know it, and perhaps the end of our…


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