What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how society should respond

What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how we should respond

  • And welfare systems will have to be updated, to smooth the transitions between jobs and to support workers while they pick up new skills.
  • Others worry that AI will cause widespread unemployment, by automating cognitive tasks that could previously be done only by people.
  • When jobs are perishable, technologies come and go and people’s working lives are longer, social skills are a foundation.
  • Even if job losses in the short term are likely to be more than offset by the creation of new jobs in the long term, the experience of the 19th century shows that the transition can be traumatic.
  • As technology changes the skills needed for each profession, workers will have to adjust.

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@TheEconomist: “What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how we should respond”


What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how society should respond


What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how society should respond