This is a really interesting article about the future of AI and digital assistants...http://www.businessinsider.com/future-o ... hum-2018-1
I think predicting the future is always hard, but one thing Brad and I firmly believe is that the ultimate form of AI is a digital assistant —a digital assistant that really understands you, and with your permission knows everything about you.
Internally we use the words "alter ego" — really a second self. I think that a lot of AI capabilities will be developed in 20 years. There's already so much progress with reading and writing, and things like guiding people through solving math equations, and AI will be able to help us do a lot more.
Scary but cool stuff. And then they briefly touch on technology taking away unskilled jobs....and I start to understand why there's so many upset and scared people out there...
I'm very worried about the future of automation and how many unskilled to low-skilled workers are going to start losing jobs in the coming decades. It's a looming crisis. Taxicab drivers, Semi-truck drivers, rideshare (Lyft and Uber) drivers, etc. will slowly all be replaced once self-driving technologies are up to snuff. All the coal miners that have lost their jobs and supported Trump? Well, this will be an even larger group of disgruntled low-skilled workers being replaced by technology. Automation is coming, and CEOs don't even deny how many people will lose jobs once the technology leads to cost-savings/greater profits.
I never thought the idea of UBI (Universal Basic Income) would ever catch on in this country, but I think it'll happen eventually once people start losing their jobs across a wide variety of fields. I always think back to that episode of the "The Twilight Zone" where the CEO replaces his workers with machines and then ultimately gets replaced by a robot as well. Great show and a great episode.
The episode is called "The Brain Center At Whipple’s" and aired all the way back in 1964.
"It was met with, basically, he didn't want to talk about that. He didn't want me to tell him that. I just basically said, 'Well that's why we want an electronic strike zone.'" -- Ben Zobrist