The Artificial Future

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My opinions and thoughts on the future of AI, jobs, and more.

Recently, artificial intelligence (‘AI’), has been booming, and with good reason. The reasons behind this can be explained fairly simply, as technology advances we see advancements in particular sectors, in this instance, AI. AI has been around for a long time, with earliest known uses in the 1950s. (1956 the AI machine, The General Problem Solver was invented.) But the tech has evolved to a point where it can be used on the mainstream today.

The truth is, artificial intelligence surrounds us already — it just doesn’t act in the way we expect. -BBC on the Ultimate Guide to AI.

As a technology advances, it becomes much more accurate, which is the case here in AI as we see Apple launching AI in its Photos app and within Siri. You can tell your iPhone to give you specific images based on location, people in it, objects in the photo, and so on. Machine Learning (‘ML’)is the key here, as your phone will learn things about your photos and the people in them over time, which I believe will grow massively to software across tech over the next few years.

Why?

Because it works, and it works well. Plus, it is getting better and better every single day. It creates a convenience, taking what would once take hours to find these specific photos in your Camera Roll full of thousands of images, and giving it to you instantly. Just think of what that could do in healthcare and education.

What’s next?

Okay cool, so AI and ML can do cool things to make our lives a bit easier, so where does it go from there?

The answer is pretty endless, AI and ML can be integrated to upgrade so many aspects of technology, health, and daily life. A few notable areas are self driving cars, health symptom predictions, space exploration, keyboard text suggestions, web searches, history learning, website design, music recommendation, and more.

My prediction on the future of AI comes to to the reason we all buy smartphones in the first place. To create convenience. As AI evolves, we will see many more industries revolutionized. AI powered robotics could take care of our elderly without having to admit them into a care home, plummeting traffic/vehicle related deaths, create a safer disaster response that doesn’t endanger more human life, there are some truly incredible possibilities here. Even simple tasks such as cleaning your house can be done by AI, saving you time.

That arises another important question? What about all of the human powered jobs that will become irrelevant because of this?

I like to think of it as another industrial revolution, it will not destroy jobs, rather create new ones.

Adaptation to new technology has clearly become essential in 2016, that will only become bigger and bigger as we move as humans. Rather than a dark time of job destruction we will see a new time of transition and adaptation, much like we have before. The saying “History Repeats Itself” comes to mind.

There is absolutely a place for blue collar workers, as long as they are ready to adapt.

A fear a lot of people have is that self driving cars and other soon to be AI powered industries will take someone that have been a truck driver all of his or her life, and make them completely irrelevant. Adapt to survive. These people may not be truckers anymore, but there will certainly be a place for them in our future, as long as they are willing to adapt.

What jobs will it create?

Maintenance will boom once AI is in full force, because all hardware breaks and needs repairs. Or as I was always told as a child, “If it moves, it breaks.” Blue collar jobs will still be a major need in our future world, they will just be different than they are today. Already, many auto mechanics are adapting and evolving to be software masters to work on modern vehicles.

Not only maintenance, but someone needs to build them, design them, and code them. Technology will effectively become a super industry, arguably already in place today.

In healthcare, for example, doctors will transition into handling the more human needed roles rather than trying to keep massive amounts of information and knowledge just in their heads, robots can do that part much more effectively.

In the end, the answer to what jobs will it create is all around us. Just look at all of the new jobs technology has created in recent years, imagine that on a much more massive scale.


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