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Monday, November 30, 2015

What Challenges Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) Place On Students Choosing A Career?

Are Machines Making Humans Obsolete?

When artificial intelligence gets good enough, could we all find ourselves replaced?

Oliver Burkeman | September 18, 2015

Suppose that, unlike me, you’re a fresh-faced youngster, just out of education, not yet beaten down by the meaninglessness of human existence, and looking to choose a career. Preferably one that won’t be made obsolete by technology within decades. Factory jobs are out. So is taxi-driving, thanks to driverless cars. But things aren’t looking great for accountants, lawyers or journalists, either; computers already handle the simpler bits of those jobs. Software can mark certain essays with an accuracy approaching that of teachers, and make medical diagnoses more accurately than doctors.

Shoppers admiring a fortune-telling robot at Selfridges, in London.

<more at; related links: (Let’s Automate All the Lawyers? March 25, 2015) and (Two Paths Toward Our Robot Future. October 1, 2015)>

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