Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Apprentice
6/28/2016 | 10:07:37 AM
supremacy of technology
While I agree that the technology will be there for this kind of transformation, I doubt it will take place as predicted.  Just because a technology exists doesn't mean we have to use it.  Right now we see the wave of technological advancements as improvements to society.  There will come a point where someone, maybe it's me, who questions if "more is better".   We may start to ask "Who" is benefiting.  There may even be laws passed , similar to laws that describe monopoly power in a corporation.  There maybe laws that say that if technology "harms" the consumer, or maybe even "harms" the worker that that technology is in violation.  This may seem far fetched and backwards, but that is because right now technology has the "edge" and is considered supreme.  Technology will not always be viewed this way.  There have been periods of rapid change that are usually followed by periods of revolt .  The 60's could be viewed as a revolt against technology in a way.  People shunned technology and went back to mother earth.  Anti-war protestors blew up buildings that housed "military secrets" but what they really housed was the technology to allow artilery to target the enemy tables...calculations that sped up the time needed to target the enemy and improve accuracy.  Could some future protesters blow up buildings that house the "brains" of machines that will take their jobs?  The idea of a robot war or machine vs. man has been a part of sci-fi movies and literature forever, but the idea is not fantasy, it is reality.  Man will not go quietly.  Technologists, if they really want the future that is predicted in this article, need to account for man's more primitive nature.  But technologists being the humans they are probably won't plan this very well, it will in fact have to be a machine that learns how to convince man that using techology is to his (man's) benefit, and here in lies the root of the whose benefit is it for technolgy to advance to this level. The answer is: it benefits the machine.

2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
10 Top Cloud Computing Startups
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  8/3/2020
Adding Fuel to the MSP vs. In-house IT Debate
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks,  8/6/2020
How Enterprises Can Adopt Video Game Cloud Strategy
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/28/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Enterprise Automation: Do More with Less
In this IT Trend Report, we highlight the benefits of automation and the various tools as enterprises navigate turbulent times, try to do more with less, keep their operations running, and stay on track with digital modernizations.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll