The Future of Work: Human Brains Should Make Choices About Artificial Ones

(Photo: Willyam Bradberry/Shutterstock) Reining in artificial intelligence might be the sanest thing we do this century. Diane E. Bailey is the co-author with Paul M. Leonardi of Technology Choices: Why Occupations Differ in Their Embrace of New Technology, and is an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas–Austin. Computer scientists have invested six decades and hundreds of millions of dollars in an effort to create artificial intelligence, or machines that think like humans. No doubt AI offers many worthy benefits. But artificial brains are also putting human brains out of work across a wide swath of occupations. First came factory workers, then travel agents, booksellers, and accountants; today, writers are on the chopping block, while doctors, lawyers, and professors are on notice. Today’s crazy pace…


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