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Are Gates, Musk Being ‘Too Aggressive’ With AI Concerns?

gthuang88 reports on a talk titled “Will Robots Eat Your Job?”

Bill Gates and Elon Musk are sounding the alarm “too aggressively” over artificial intelligence’s potential negative consequences for society, says MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson. The co-author of The Second Machine Age argues it will take at least 30 to 50 years for robots and software to eliminate the need for human laborers. In the meantime, he says, we should be investing in education so that people are prepared for the jobs of the future, and are focused on where they still have an advantage over machines — creativity, empathy, leadership, and teamwork.

The professor acknowledges “there are some legitimate concerns” about robots taking jobs away from humans, but “I don’t think it’s a problem we have to face today… It can be counterproductive to overestimate what machines can do right now.” Eventually humankind will reach a world where robots do practically everything, the professor believes, but with a universal basic income this could simply leave us humans with more leisure time.


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