I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program asks if AI will destroy jobs. Mike, AI, or artificial intelligence, is a technology that substitutes machine decision making for human decision making. A good example is driverless vehicles. Many people think the widespread use of AI will eliminate a large number of jobs now done by people. Do you agree?
- No question AI will eliminate some jobs,
- Those that are repetitious where task is almost always the same – no situation specific decision making needed.
- Assembly work; cleaning (already have household automated cleaners)
- But many jobs require individual task decision making
- Plumbing is a good example
- Even driving – AI for interstate truck driving; not for narrow streets
- Also, experts see AI creating new jobs – to develop, maintain, and train people to use AI technology
- And, many AI machines will be used in conjunction with people jobs – health care is a good example
- I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.