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Mike’s Musings Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor AI Will Have Your Job In Ten Years

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Month after month we
are treated to amazing job
creation numbers. Despite
the government shut
down, 304,000 jobs were
added in January of this
year. That’s about double
what economists predict-
ed. Similar numbers were
recorded for most months
in 2018. Some experts
indicate the economy is
roaring like a freight train
with no end in sight.
Forgive me, however,
if I see in my crystal ball,
an engine derailing and
the economy coming to
a grinding halt. On the
horizon is Artificial Intel

ligence, or what many
simply term AI, and I fear
many of the jobs we are
creating today will be held
by robots in twenty, or
maybe even ten years.
Our concerns in the
near future, will not be
illegals invading our
country and taking jobs. It
will not be demands for a
higher and higher mini-
mum wage. No neither
will be a topic once robots
take many of our jobs.
We as a society and
country cannot afford
to ignore the coming AI
revolution. Modern soci-
ety is predicated on people
working. I fear if they are
forced to the sidelines,
all kinds of sociological
changes will occur, and
very few of them for the
better.
Already robots have
transformed industrial
manufacturing. AI robots
can learn and make judg-
ment calls like humans,
including driving cars,
trading stocks, and doing
accounting with greater
accuracy than humans.
With their ability to
think and make judg-
ments, AI robots will not
only replace many factory,
food service and driving
tasks but professional jobs
as well. Robots are expect-
ed to make accountants,
lawyers and even surgeons
redundant.
Harvard Business
School Professor Clayton
Christensen claims half
the colleges and universi-
ties in the U.S. will close
in the next couple of
decades because robots
will replace professors,
and frankly, will be better
at teaching our children.
We already see it with the
cadre of online schools
and courses that are very
populard
A report from global
management consulting
firm McKinsey said that
fully 50% of current work
activities are automatable
by technologies that have
already proven effective.
The report continues to
say it is expected that 400
to 800 million workers
will be displaced by robots
in the NEXT 12 YEARS.
This is serious stuff
my friends and it is going
to be upon us before we
know it. Tesla and SpaceX
founder Elon Musk, says
it is the greatest challenge
we face as a society. Do
we want AI to control our
world? I think the answer
is obvious, but we have
to plan for controls right
now, and I don’t hear any
of our world leaders event
talking about it.
What was once science
fiction is now reality. The
1960’s television show,
The Jetsons, is closer to
the truth than fiction. As a
society we need to prepare
for the coming AI revolu-
tion. We need to imple-
ment strategies to retrain
our workforce. Jobs that
are redundant in nature
will no longer be avail-
able, thus a good share
of the workforce will be
either jobless or seeking
work in the job sector that
AI cannot be utilized.
I fear what will happen
if we don’t prepare now.
Can you imagine a society
where half the workforce
is unemployed? Changes
are coming my friends,
and they are coming faster
than you could ever ex-
pect. Let’s hope our lead-
ers and our schools corral
this monster called AI
before it ruins our society
as we know it.