Artificial Intelligence Is Coming And May Be After Your Job

Amazon Echo uses Alexa: Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant.
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CNBC published an article on this Monday about a Forrester report on how artificial intelligence will eliminate up to 6% of the jobs we see today by 2021.  Those jobs that look to be targeted are in the customer service, trucking, and taxi services.

We’ve seen a large growth in the artificial intelligence realm with intelligent personal assistants like Siri from Apple, Google Now from Alphabet (the holding company of Google.), Cortana from Microsoft, and Alexa from Amazon. Macy’s has been testing the use of artificial intelligence by helping customers locate items in their stores from their mobile phones.  Alphabet and Tesla are making strides in making self-driving cars a reality and change the way we move people and goods across our land.  Amazon is experimenting with drone delivery.

Automation and the elimination of jobs due to automation isn’t new.  Robotics have replaced a lot of assembly line workers and has changed the face of manufacturing.  In fact, automation is a key component to the new Adidas factory being built in Cherokee County.  You can expect other manufacturers look towards investments in automating their factories as well.  Our world is changing and becoming smaller.  Remember, the first transcontinental phone call took place only 100 years ago.  It’s amazing how far we’ve come in the past century.

Artificial intelligence will, indeed, replace some of the workforce, but imagine the opportunities for new skill sets and industries that may spring forth.  Our society is evolving to where well-paying, semi-skilled jobs in manufacturing are now extinct.  No matter what a politician tells you, those jobs won’t be back.  Some other jobs, like truck driving and package delivery, may be endangered in the coming decades.

This is the time where encouraging kids to tinker with (and break) electronics like the Raspberry Pi, playing with programming languages, and learning about the cool things that we’ll see as technology marches along if they show interest.  The best part is that these are things that you don’t have to necessarily do in the classroom and can explore on their own at home.

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…and if your child is ‘good with his hands’?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I made a comment near this in response to a prior post—I think it will be a challenge within the lifetime of most currently alive to identify fulfilling, useful work for two-thirds of the adult population due to automation/AI.


The only way people will be able to survive such a transition away from a job related economy to an automated economy is if governments instituted a ‘basic wage’ program, where everyone received enough compensation to pay for all creature comforts – shelter food, medical, education and transportation. However, approximate 35% of eligible voters (hard core conservatives) will eventually starve, rather than take any ‘government handout’. Because their idiot buttheads have railed against the absolute evils of government handouts and ‘unemployed freeloaders’. And I must say, in the end, that is probably the best thing we can do with such… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

WALL-E? Idiocracy? Does everyone become a lawyer in the future?


It’s the faster, quicker, less money spent model of capitalism. We need goods to be built faster with less overhead so they can be bought by the public at as low a price possible so they buy your stuff instead of your competitors. Companies need higher profits to keep shareholders happy. How may of us complain over the rate of growth of our 401(k)’s? If you want more out of your retirement plans, companies have to become more profitable. Employees are just an expenditure line item. We either have to pay them less (sometimes this means finding cheaper over seas… Read more »