I’m sure we’ve all heard about the rising tide of AI (artificial intelligence) which is here to steal all your jobs. AI has worked its way into the way we hail cabs,commute to workand use airplanes. This week’s blog is dedicated to finding out who really is in trouble when AI is perfected and becomes a solution to the human condition.
One of the jobs that we know is safe is mental health worker.You can teach a robot to react to certain conditions, but you can never validate someone going through a struggle with an automated response, and they know that. To prove this, I said to Siri “I’m upset”, and the response was “I would give you a foot rub, but I don’t have any hands”. Obviously, Siri is programmed to give a joking response that entertains more than comforts, but how would a robot be able to understand the nuisances between joking and being serious, especially when someone is being sarcastic. Dietitians and nutritionistsare also on the list of people who don’t need to worry for now. There’s no AI being developed that could be creative yet personal which is normally what this job title entails. What dishes can you make to improve someone’s lifestyle based off preferences they have, which simultaneously makes them happy and also brings them closer to their goal. Surgeons for this reason are also supposedly safe, although whilst they’ve been marked as safe by leading experts on AI, I think the people actually performing the surgeries could surely be replaced the same way that they now have machines able to delicately assemble microchips. Once you’ve inputted all the correct data, who is to say what a machine could be capable of.
The unsafe jobs seem to be incredibly close to being fully replaced. Telemarketersare an excellent example of this, as it has a routine and is predictable. Anything that follows a script is at risk, as you could program AI to perform this task easily. The same way Alexa and Siri give scripted responses to any questions asked, a telemarketing program could easily do the same. Routine is the key to being replaced by AI, which is why another job close to extinction is the fast food cooks. Everything about that is rationed and planned, the portion sizes and cooking time for example. It would not be difficult to get a robot to follow this routine in response to orders. The final example of jobs that would be under the greatest risk would be paralegal and legal assistants. This is due to the same reasons as before, it’s a job that follows routine. The law is not subjective, challenging it and using it in arguments might be, however where the law stands on certain issues is definitely a programmable matter.
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