Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to huge job losses among humans, suggests Subhash Kak of NBC News. According to a 2017 McKinsey study, robots will be able to do half of the world’s jobs by 2030. It also argued that between 400 and 800 million people will lose their jobs to automation in the next 12 years. This is likely to cause huge societal shifts, unlike ever seen before. Particularly low-skilled jobs are at risk, but all occupations will be replaceable. In most cases, they would not be fully eliminated but strongly reduced. Unlike with cars, which killed horse-drawn carriages but created new opportunities, AI will just eliminate jobs.
While artificial intelligence (AI) will replace humans in many roles, it will also create new jobs for people to pursue, argues Andrew Arnold of Forbes. Most importantly, it is very hard to predict how the robot revolution will unfold. But, like today, where there are jobs that were only made possible by technology, like programming, data science, web security, etc., AI will likely create new opportunities for employment. With it, humans will become more productive than ever before. Many hard jobs, like mining, will be eliminated to the benefit of humans who can then pursue something else. As always, humans will learn to adapt to and co-exist with this change.