Guest Post was written by Sean Mortberg, an aspiring tech writer.
The innovations in artificial intelligence over the past several years are growing exponentially frequent and indicate a shift in how we work, live, and play. From self-driving cars and automated auto factories to bots that write news articles for the Associated Press, automation is spelling out the question many people don’t want to think about answering: What will we do if and when robots render human workers obsolete?
The fears are understandable. Robots are able to complete the work of more than five people and there are almost 5 times as many robots per thousand workers in the U.S. than in the 1990s. By 2033, it is estimated that almost half of all U.S. jobs will risk full automation and replace human workers with industrial robots.
Some politicians and citizens are becoming open to the idea of universal basic income. In a future where human workers are unneeded, mass unemployment could lead to an even wider wealth gap than we already have now, leading to poverty unlike the U.S. has seen. Corporations like Amazon that make billions annually in profit and don’t pay federal income taxes while also getting a huge windfall as a result of the Republican tax bill could contribute to the welfare of people who no longer need to work.
The concept is very controversial and U.S. senators in support of a UBI have had a difficult time winning consensus. Even so, there is no denying the ways in which the wealth gap will be narrowed by artificial intelligence and the opportunity it will allow people to enjoy luxury and chase other creative endeavors. While many people are hopeful, others are worried about the loss of intrinsic value work has and how to replace that.
Learn more about life after artificial intelligence with the infographic below, provided by Onlineschoolscenter.com