Artificial Intelligence Promises to Lighten Our Boring Workloads

From the Spinning Jenny, a mechanical weaver that increased worker’s output and contributed to the industrial revolution, to the CMS tools replacing archive managers in the early 21st century, technology has replaced difficult and time-consuming labor.  But these changes often provoke fear that the new technology will replace jobs. Generally speaking, this isn’t the case: time and again, new technology has created new (and niche) side industries and jobs.  The latest technology to strike fear is artificial intelligence. Some worry that artificial intelligence will bring about so much change so fast, that it will leave huge swathes of the workforce jobless.  An often cited 2013 report from the University of Oxford (pdf) suggested that close to 50 percent of US jobs could be automated and replaced by robots within 20 years. Those…

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