Thursday, February 1, 2024

g-f(2)1916 Bracing for the Next Wave: Context on AI and the Workforce from History

 


genioux Fact post by Fernando Machuca and Claude


Introduction


Today's fears over AI eliminating jobs echo longstanding anxiety stretching back to the Great Depression, but lessons from past technological transitions highlight that while painful workforce disruption occurs, net job growth persists.



genioux GK Nugget


"We can choose how AI will define the future of work." — Fernando Machuca and Claude



genioux Foundational Fact


While innovations consistently reshape the types of human roles and skills in demand, expert analyses argue that technological progress has not resulted in mass "technological unemployment" when viewed in aggregate. However, the article acknowledges these transitions yield distinct winners and losers.



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  1. Economic expansions enabled by cost reductions and demand growth counterbalance productivity gains that reduce labor needs.
  2. Widening inequality results from an uneven distribution of rewards between pioneering companies and displaced workers.
  3. Alarm over imminent job-destroying technologies has arisen during periods of economic turmoil and breakthrough innovations.
  4. Experts assert breakthroughs like generative AI will transform many existing jobs rather than eliminate most roles outright.
  5. Distinguishing between augmentation versus wholesale worker replacement helps predict innovation's impact.
  6. Uncertainty persists around emerging technologies' ultimate influence on new job creation versus automation.
  7. Rapid adoption curves require smoothing workforce transitions in affected industries.
  8. Policy choices shape whether coming innovations favor prosperity or instability.
  9. Corporate responsibility around addressing job disruption remains vital for technological acceptance.
  10. AI's benefits should be broadly distributed rather than accruing narrowly to enrich firms and shareholders.



Conclusion


While AI will significantly reshape labor markets, proactive policymaking and corporate responsibility around job impacts can steer innovations toward equitable outcomes rather than exacerbate instability.



REFERENCE

The GK Article


David Rotman, People are worried that AI will take everyone’s jobs. We’ve been here before. MIT Technology Review, January 27, 2024.



David Rotman


David Rotman is the Editor at Large at MIT Technology Review¹². As a science and business journalist, he has written extensively on chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, and environmental issues³⁵. He joined MIT Technology Review in January 1998 as a senior editor covering nanotechnology³⁵.


Rotman spends much of his time thinking about the types of stories and journalism that will be most valuable to their readers¹². He is particularly interested in the intersection of chemistry, materials science, energy, manufacturing, and economics¹².


He supervises editorial for both the print magazine and the website³⁵. His work reflects a deep interest in the economic and social impacts of emerging technologies⁴.


Source: Conversation with Bing, 2/2/2024

(1) Articles by David Rotman | MIT Technology Review. https://www.technologyreview.com/author/david-rotman/.

(2) David Rotman - MIT Technology Review. https://cdn.technologyreview.com/profile/david-rotman/.

(3) David Rotman - MIT Technology Review. https://cdn.technologyreview.com/about/team/bio/david-rotman/.

(4) David Rotman - Editor at Large @ MIT's Technology Review Magazine .... https://www.crunchbase.com/person/david-rotman.

(5) Speaker Details: ClimateTech 2023. https://event.technologyreview.com/climatetech-2023/speaker/881281/david-rotman.



Bing Chatbot's Summary


The article "People are worried that AI will take everyone’s jobs. We’ve been here before." from MIT Technology Review discusses the concerns about technological unemployment, a concept that is not new but has gained attention with the advent of AI¹.


The article begins by setting the historical context, referencing a 1938 article by Karl T. Compton, then president of MIT, who addressed the same concerns during the Great Depression¹. At that time, new machinery was transforming factories and farms, and mechanical switching was replacing local phone operators, leading to fears of job loss¹.


Compton's article framed the debate over jobs and technical progress in a way that remains relevant today, especially given current fears over the impact of artificial intelligence¹. Today, breakthroughs in generative AI, smart robots, and driverless cars are leading many to worry that advanced technologies will replace human workers and decrease the overall demand for labor¹.


However, the article suggests that these fears are not new and are best addressed by applying an understanding of economics, rather than conjuring up genies and monsters¹. It serves as a reminder that while technology evolves, the dialogue around its impact on employment continues, and it is crucial to approach it with a grounded view¹.


Source: Conversation with Bing, 2/2/2024

(1) People are worried that AI will take everyone ... - MIT Technology Review. https://www.technologyreview.com/2024/01/27/1087041/technological-unemployment-elon-musk-jobs-ai/.

(2) AI-powered 6G networks will reshape digital interactions. https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/10/26/1082028/ai-powered-6g-networks-will-reshape-digital-interactions/.

(3) Tackling huge challenges together | MIT Technology Review. https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/02/01/1065169/tackling-huge-challenges-together/.



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