The constant anxiety and worry about automation and machines displacing workers continues. When in fact, the idea that technological advances aren’t necessarily driving us toward a jobless future is good news. This interesting subject came to us from MIT’s Sloan Management School in their article, “Why ‘the future of AI is the future of work’.”

The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future was charged with understanding the relationships between emerging technologies and work, helping shape realistic expectations of technology and exploring strategies for a future of shared prosperity. This was a look beyond labor markets and job growth to how technologies and innovation affect workers.

Most of the artificial intelligence (AI) systems deployed today fall into the category of specialized AI. They are systems that can solve a limited number of specific problems. They look at vast amounts of data, extract patterns and make predictions to guide future actions.

The ability to adapt to entirely novel situations is still an enormous challenge for AI. This is the main reason why companies continue to rely on human workers for a variety of tasks.

Melody K. Smith

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