What is it about?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to have a significant impact on work. It will enhance, but also displace, some professions. This historical investigation finds that the AI revolution, like previous technological evolutions, will go through stages. Initial implementations will suffer from failures that will, however, generate employment; but, as the technology improves, the AI revolution is likely to be fully integrated into corporate systems enhance productivity and thus displace workers.
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Why is it important?
Up to this point, the US Government has not been able to respond adequately to the challenge of work displacement in the past and current policies indicate that we will be again ill-prepared. While AI will generate new jobs these are unlikely to be taken by those displaced. We can thus have a generation of people falling into poverty if an adequate support system is not put in place
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This page is a summary of: AI’s path to the present and the painful transitions along the way, Digital Policy Regulation and Governance, May 2019, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/dprg-09-2018-0051.
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