We Don't Really Believe AIs are Likely to do Our Important Jobs

By Gary Cutlack on at

A survey of 2,000 workers has found that most don't rate the chances of an AI being able to take their jobs away from them in the next 15 years, as it's fairly hard to imagine exactly how these magical future computer brains are going to be able to do the majority of human tasks that involve fingers, procrastination, meetings, crying in a toilet cubicle and putting kettles on.

The data was assembled at the request of modern thinker Charles Towers-Clark, and found that just one in 20 of the workers polled thought their job likely to be handed to an AI in the next decade or two. However, the data also found that 12 per cent of employers have indeed automated some of their processes in the last 12 months, so perhaps the working folk should be a little more concerned that a box with wires coming out of it might turn up in the office one morning and say "YOU ARE FIRED" in a voice that's the same as the one Stephen Hawking used in his later years.

Towers-Clark says that just because it seems impossible that an AI might one day do our jobs we shouldn't get complacent, and humans as a whole ought to carry on going to school and learning stuff just in case they are needed to do anything other than watch YouTube and buy Lego on their mobile phones in years to come. He explains: "The future job market will be dominated by AI, so now is the time for both employers and employees to prepare for such a future. Of course, we should not fear AI to the point we stifle its development, but a little fear would be healthy as it would drive us to develop skills in areas where AI struggles, creating opportunities for AI and humans to work together in harmony." [Verdict via Techradar]