If you mentioned to someone in the Victorian times, that AI can change professions, they would have looked at you strangely, to say the least. From horse carts to cars, and from cars to autonomous vehicles, the world has changed significantly. Nobody could have predicted human-like capability in speech recognition or phones to take instructions from us. But AI is much more than that. It can change the way we do things. This can be the simplest of things like 3D printed limbs to more complicated surgeries performed without human intervention.
Will AI take over our jobs too?
Wouldn’t it be great if robots could do all the work for you, while you could sit back and enjoy life? They could get your office work done, groceries in place, washing all done, and your life would be peaches and cream.
But should we be worried? Well, if you are the real life inspiration to Saya, the Japanese CGI, you should definitely be worried.
Stephen Hawking takes a pessimistic approach towards AI, stating, “One can imagine [AI] outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders and developing weapons we cannot even understand.”
But, the world as we know it is on the brink of change. AI can not only take over some professions, it can change professions as well. There is no doubt that we live in exciting times, where AI is affecting everything that we do. But, what change should we expect?
McKinsey & Company analysed the trend related to autonomous vehicles. The conclusion driven was that this trend can have a profound effect on several industries including mining, construction, warehousing, and on-highway trucks. Expert opinion is that truck drivers may no longer be needed by the year 2040.
Next, construction workers may become outdated as well. The same research indicates that crane operators and bulldozer drivers should be prepared to let go of their jobs. New equipment for brick masonry, paired with AI, is two to three times more productive than human bricklayers. Their daily output is 1,200 bricks compared to 300 to 500 per human.
Legal support staff:
AI can take over the legal staff too. Say what? If you have not been following up on AI on the legal front, meet Billy and Lisa, a couple, who are actually AI bots. Billy is a chat bot, who, after asking you a few questions, guides you towards the right solicitor, or perhaps refers you to Lisa. Lisa can help you on questions related to non-reserved activities. These are activities where you don’t need a licensed legal professional to help you out.
Medical and Personal Care:
At IFA, in Berlin this year, Philips launched a few personal care products that could pave the way for tomorrow. The electronic toothbrush, Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart brush, is pretty smart. It knows when it is inside your mouth, can detect the amount of pressure you put to clean your teeth, and can help provide insights on how to clean your mouth better.
Someone might claim invasion of privacy here.
Medical professionals might not even be needed in the future. Philips Care Orchestrator is a patient care platform that unites the patient, its medical history and readings, the insurance company and the physician through a cloud based platform.
Think about all the jobs that get eliminated when such platforms become the norm.
AI and data can combine to become really powerful. What if they take over the world too?
What is your take on AI, having such power over human jobs and activities? Do you think AI can change professions? Or create new ones? Or just push aside humans and take over?