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Within 30 years, AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

AI is scary, with one scientist saying AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'
By Anthony Garreffa from Feb 14, 2016 @ 20:23 CST

The threat of AI blowing up the world or keeping us in cages like animals might scare most people, but I think the prospects of AI could be truly transformative - and that we're bound by other things like society, religion, government and more - but according to one scientist, AI "could leave half the world unemployed".




According to Moshe Vardi, who told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): "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?".


Vardi is a professor at Rice University Guggenheim fellow, adding that technology is a bigger threat than UAVs that some fear, adding that AI could see unemployment numbers hitting 50%, taking away middle-class jobs, and making the wealth gap even bigger.


The professor compared it to the industrial revolution, saying that "the AI revolution" won't be Skynet-like machines that will be able to outperform human beings, but instead it'll be a race between human intelligence, and artificial intelligence - the actual brains behind it all.


Some believe that AI could push humanity into an exciting new direction, where billions of people only worked a few hours a week, but Vardi doesn't agree with that. He said that humanity faces an existenial challenge. He added: "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 wellbeing".


I think AI could do amazing things, but in the right hands, of course. We've all seen The Matrix and Terminator, right?


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