AI and the 4-Day Work Week

francine hardaway
Stealthmode Blog
Published in
4 min readApr 17, 2024

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A couple of weeks ago, Bernie Sanders, an outlier in the Senate but a man usually on top of things that concern workers, introduced a bill to cut the work week to 32 hours. The bill won’t go anywhere because the Republicans control the House of Representatives, but it acknowledges that in many fields, a 40-hour week is no longer necessary. Is Bernie just a voice trying to prepare America for a dramatically altered work environment as AI rolls out? What jobs will AI actually take, and when?

The hype about AI has been global, and governments have become aware that they might actually have to prepare for it, given that the task of any government is to keep its citizens safe. But what does safe mean in a radically new environment that hasn’t actually appeared yet? And what does that mean in the case of industrial policy?

Reminder: When governments get ahead of a crisis, they can make tragic regulatory or legislative mistakes. Fortunately that seldom happens. In the US, Open AI’s visionary leader Sam Altman has made several trips to Congress to familiarize that august body with the way AI could work. But Congress, with more pressing things on its mind, filed Altman’s information on a top shelf somewhere.

A couple of other governments, such as Ukraine’s, Russia’s and Israel’s are still preoccupied with last year’s existential issues, namely wars. They’re thinking more of artillery than of AI.

But some governments with a bit more leisure to contemplate are actively deploying various initiatives…

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francine hardaway
Stealthmode Blog

Co-founder, Stealthmode Partners, helping entrepreneurs succeed