Artificial Intelligence's Impact On Jobs Is Nuanced


Well, is artificial intelligence a job-killer or not? We keep hearing both sides, from projections of doom for many professions that will necessitate things such as universal basic income to help sidelined workers, to projections of countless unfilled jobs needed to build and manage AI-powered enterprises. For a worker losing his or her job to automation, knowing that an AI programming job is being created elsewhere is of little solace. Perhaps the reality will be somewhere in between. An MIT report released at the end of last year states recent fears about AI leading to mass unemployment are unlikely to be realized. "Instead, we believe that--like all previous labor-saving technologies--AI will enable new industries to emerge, creating more new jobs than are lost to the technology," the report's authors, led by Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, conclude.

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