Intelligent machines threaten mass job losses, experts warn

A robot conducts a symphony orchestra. Fairfax by Clive Cookson Scientists have warned of the serious prospect of mass unemployment among everyone from drivers to sex workers, triggered by rapid strides in the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. Intelligent machines will soon replace human workers in all sectors of the economy, senior computer scientists told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington at the weekend.  “We are approaching the time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” said Moshe Vardi, computer science professor at Rice University in Texas.  “Society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?” Prof Vardi said. “A typical…

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