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AI in a global society – Dennis Li

Though artificial intelligence has formally been around for a few decades, the technology only really took off in recent years. Advancements in this form of technology has lead to very intelligent and self-learning machines that have hit some very noteworthy milestones, popular mentions including beating humans in different games, such as Go or Chess. As artificial intelligence continues to develop, it will inevitably make its way into society, and there could be some big changes when that happens. With intelligent machines becoming integrated into everyday life, different operations traditionally handled by humans will quickly be replaced by more efficient machines designed for the job. This could immediately result in a rapid decrease in the requirement for human labor, and such jobs could see many humans replaced in favor of machines, which would result in massive wide-spread unemployment. It is worth noting that the replacement of human labor should not be immediately and completely labeled as negative, as machines could also be employed to relieve the humans responsible for very dangerous jobs. At the same time, because labor jobs are now being handled by much more effective “personnel”, the actual output from these jobs may actually increase, with one machine being able to do much more than its human equivalent. Extrapolating this specific change further, companies and businesses that own and control these jobs would be able to replace its salary expenditures for machine upkeep, which could be notably cheaper. As a result, this replacement could result in changes in the flow of money in the entire economy, most obviously a larger concentration of wealth in businesses capable of employing this maneuver. This situation would also be very apparent in everyday life, such as automated transportation (Ayers), another example of human labor replacement. As this trend continues, the replacement of humans would extend beyond just physical labor, and could flow into many more sectors, edging ever closer to a dominantly robotic society.

Sources

Ayers, Ryan. “The Future Of Artificial Intelligence: 6 Ways It Will Impact Everyday Life.” Big Data Made Simple – One source. Many perspectives.. N.p., 2018. Web. 14 July 2018.

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