Is AI Taking Our Jobs?
One of the world’s greatest fears is an AI takeover – we all lose our jobs and robots do the work. Is this a realistic portrayal of the future?
Improvements in technology and robotics have displaced manual laborers in agriculture and production, and many workers fear a similar fate with the advances in artificial intelligence (AI). Some believe that AI threatens to automate all aspects of work, guiding us to a jobless future. The fear of AI becoming sentient and robot domination are also associated with artificial intelligence, albeit less realistic.
Some jobs may be replaced by artificial intelligence, just as technology has made certain jobs unnecessary in the past. The intent of AI developers is to create assisting technology that amplifies most work, drastically increasing workplace efficiency. AI is being built to help workers, not to replace them.
Now is not the time to fear
This is far from the first time that we’ve felt threatened by technology. One thing remains clear as technology progresses – humans adapt. We’ll become familiar with using AI in our daily routines. Despite worry of a real-life Skynet, the likeliest outcome of the approaching AI revolution is an influx of AI-assisted roles. Beyond the assistance of AI in existing jobs, research and creation of AI has created new jobs: AI ethicists, data scientists, machine learning engineers, and AI trainers.
We will not be so quick to trust artificial intelligence more than humans. It took 50 years before trusting cars and tractors more than horses. With the fear surrounding AI, it will likely take decades before any jobs are fully performed by AI. For the routine jobs that may disappear as artificial intelligence becomes more widespread, there will be new opportunities that arise. We’re already experiencing more jobs than workers to fill them. Your job may change, but AI is incapable of doing everything that humans can.
AI will make our lives different, but different doesn’t have to mean difficult. It could mean shorter work days, higher productivity, or more informed decisions. Most recently, cloud storage was the subject of scrutiny and suspicion, but data storage has been transformed to be more reliable, less costly, and more secure than ever before. The fear of technology comes from not knowing what impact it will have. We need to shift from fearing technology to embracing and adapting to it.
Automate your process
Artificial intelligence works best as an assistant – work that could otherwise eat up half the workday, such as inputting data or making orders based on inventory, can be performed by AI. When tedious or monotonous work is conducted by AI, you have more time to complete projects or other endeavors. Once you gain an understanding of how AI works, you will be able to see the applications it has in your work.
The threat of artificial intelligence on our jobs is overhyped. Throughout history, people have been wary of advancements, but we progress by taking steps in new directions. No matter the impact that AI will have, we will adapt and use it to our advantage.