With the world becoming more and more automated, the issue of how machines could eventually run people out of their careers is something that cannot be denied anymore. Computer scientist Moshe Vardi, an expert from Rice University, believes that the A.I. revolution is coming, and the working class' careers are about to face their biggest challenge yet, according to Market Business News.
In fact, Vardi stated that with the current pace of technology's evolution, it would not be very long before the implications of machines and human work would have to be taken very seriously. In fact, if left unattended, about half the human population, mostly from the middle class, would probably be out of work.
"We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us. If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do? " he said, reported The Guardian.
While A.I. developers such as Google's head of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, believe that robots are the key to making human life extremely comfortable and worry-free, Vardi stated that such a way of thinking must not be embraced.
"I do not find this a promising future, as I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing. I believe that work is essential to human well-being," he said.
Thus, Vardi states that the issue of automation and its resulting effects on the economy must be taken into consideration by the government very soon, reported Geek Wire.
"This issue of automation and employment, which is going to be one of the biggest policy issues for the next 25 years, if not longer, and now we're in a presidential election year, this issue is just nowhere on the radar screen," he said.
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