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Is AI taking away jobs?

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Darn robots, coming in and taking our jobs!

Asked by: Tony Brooks, Leamington Spa

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AI is not the same as factory automation or robots, so AI is not taking away many jobs. Like the internet, AI is an enabling technology, which is creating whole new industries. The first jobs created are for computer developers, AI experts and researchers, along with sales and marketing people in new AI companies. Other new jobs include educators, lawyers, and regulators to help society adjust to the changing technologies. For technologies enabled by AI such as self-driving vehicles or smart buildings, we will need construction workers, engineers, and architects to build new infrastructure. That’s a lot of new jobs.


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Authors

Dr Peter Bentley is a computer scientist and author who is based at University College London. He is the author of books including 10 Short Lessons in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Digital Biology: How nature is transforming our technology and our lives.

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