How can we make sense of the predicted doom and panic over job losses owing to AI?
Is it possible to avoid the predicted rise of the "useless class"?
Would it be more comforting to reframe the conversation and consider the potential benefits of AI taking on certain tasks?Perhaps giving specific responsibilities to AI could be helpful for both workers and businesses.
These are new and challenging questions that require an open mind to consider.
For perspective and context, the modern economic system and representative democracy, which involve private ownership of means of production and creation of goods and services for profit, and citizens electing representatives to make decisions on their behalf, respectively, have only been in existence for a few hundred years and have undergone significant evolution.
In the grand scheme of things, the systems and structures that we perceive as permanent are actually just small experiments.This includes the idea that the purpose of life is centered around a job.
While this may have been effective in the past, as AI advances, it may not be the best system for the future.Therefore it is important for our generation to actively consider and explore other possibilities.
As AI advances, it is important to recognize that job displacement is a real possibility that we must address. While jobs do serve important functions in society, such as providing a means of contribution to communities, supporting individuals and their families, and offering purpose and meaning in life, we must find ways to adapt as AI takes on more tasks.
Many jobs currently involve tasks that are repetitive, time-consuming or require little to no human judgment - tasks that are often seen as undesirable and can lead to burnout and job dissatisfaction.
How can we be content sending people with full cognitive abilities to do these types of tasks on a daily basis?
Automating routine tasks can free up time and resources, allowing humans to focus on tasks that require creativity, problem-solving, and other higher-level skills.
AI is already being used in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation to improve efficiency, accuracy, and safety.
For example, hospitals are using AI to analyze patient data and identify potential health risks, freeing up doctors to focus on more complex cases. In manufacturing, AI is being used to optimize production processes, reducing the need for manual labor and improving overall efficiency.
There are challenges of course including the need for retraining and upskilling. However, the benefits of AI far outweigh the potential challenges.
Therefore, instead of fearing AI's impact on jobs, we should welcome it as a way to free humans from tedious tasks. Before our hands are forced, we should be willing to acknowledge that our current systems are not perfect and can be improved.