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Half of all jobs will be obsolete in 15 years, warns China's leading AI expert


Added 01-10-19 05:37:02pm EST - “Almost half of all current jobs will become obsolete in just 15 years, according to one of China's leading experts in artificial intelligence (AI).” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “ Half of all jobs will be obsolete in 15 years, warns China’s leading AI expert”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Kai-Fu Lee, a writer, venture capitalist and technology executive who has over 30 years’ experience in AI, claims the world of employment is facing a crisis “akin to that faced by farmers during the industrial revolution,” reports the Daily Mail.

Lee, who’s appearing on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday to spread the word, says he is trying to warn those most at risk so they can start retraining for the new world. Lee also warns that education will need to adapt to prepare younger generations for the new landscape.

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AI may be the future, but it can’t do everything, claims Lee, who says certain professions are safe from the revolution. Especially those that involve empathy or human to human interaction like therapists, nurses, teachers or doctors. Innovative and creative professions are also safe because AI generally struggles to do the work of scientists or to deal with the unknown.

The jobs most at risk in the next two decades are roles than can be easily filled by robot technology, like telemarketers and telesales, customer support, warehouse workers, cashiers, fast food workers and dish washers.

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