“History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man.”
Like so many other cataclysmic and world-changing events, it seems to have happened little by little and all at once.
AI has rapidly advanced in recent years, driven by breakthroughs in machine learning, deep learning, and computational power. These advancements have enabled AI systems to perform complex tasks and outperform humans in certain domains. Given the momentum and progress made, it would be practically impossible to halt the continuous innovation and improvement in AI technologies.
A motley global community of scientists, engineers, and organizations is busily pioneering AI, even now. The widespread dissemination of knowledge, collaboration, and competition in the field would make it well nigh impossible to halt progress universally. Even if regulations or restrictions were imposed in one country, others would pursue AI advancements.
In addition, AI has already found applications across diverse sectors, including healthcare, finance, transportation, and entertainment. These novel new uses have demonstrated the potential to enhance productivity, efficiency, and decision-making processes. The practical benefits derived from AI systems make it unlikely for organizations and industries to abandon their utilization of AI technologies.
Since warning about the weaponization potential of new technology is extremely unlikely to put everyone off — even the “good guys” — and since the AI genie is already well and truly out of the bottle anyway, AI is likely here to stay.
Given that strong probability, what jobs and industries are most likely to be disrupted by advancements in AI technology over the next five years?
Already, there have been a few surprises. Most of us saw automation coming a long time ago — a slow-moving glacier that always seemed likely to replace human workers in factory and manual labor settings. The onset of COVID-19 likely accelerated the process of replacing some front-line workers with tech solutions. Ordering kiosks, self-checkout, and…