|We've gotten a strong preview of the future in the last few years. Jobs lost during the last recession have simply disappeared to a great extent. And, despite the proclamations of optimists that new jobs will arise to replace those lost, the facts of the matter argue strongly that, over the next few decades, virtually all jobs for people will simply disappear, never to be replaced.
It's hard for some people to accept a new paradigm. All of their experience tells them it must not be so. In many cases, a healthy skepticism toward the idea that “it's different this time” is good. Yet, to argue that the trend is toward higher levels of unemployment isn't real is to argue that the sun won't rise tomorrow. Increasingly, artificial intelligence is on the rise — and it's destroying jobs for people.
There is really no limit to artificial intelligence despite what many people think. We are in the early decades of what will be a long march of increasingly intelligent machines. At some point, that progression will lead to machines that are equal to or greater than human intelligence. To deny that possibility can only be done using irrational hope that this trend will stop at some point. But, it is happening and the future will look increasingly bleak for jobs for people.
Dick Pelletier delves into some of these issues in Jobs, humans, and machines: Implications for society:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Slow Death of Jobs for People
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