As the conversation shifted the opportunity and challenges for Artificial Intelligence for the average person, hit home. Those of means (money, education, location, etc.) will get super human powers augmented by data driven, people specific technologies. Those born of lesser means may be quickly left behind. In the next 5 – 10 years, 3 million US truck drivers will be the first to suffer as the transport industry goes driverless. Yes, there might be a person on board, much like a train has a conductor, but eventually, this will probably go away. Other service-oriented professions will quickly find itself overcome by better, faster and cheaper AI alternatives to human workers. The fundamental question regarding the mainstream adoption of AI is this; What does it mean to be human in the age of AI? It’s up to us to define our future and whether we as society flourish in a technological utopia or languish in some post-AI dystopia.
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