8 AI doesn’t threaten our jobs

This chapter covers

  • The overstated concerns regarding AI’s effect on employment
  • The challenges AI faces in automating many human tasks
  • The problems of applying AI in the real world
  • The dangerous effects of inadequately designed AI systems

In this chapter, we will demonstrate, using various examples, that despite concerns about AI taking over jobs, the majority of human occupations remain beyond the reach of current AI techniques.

The apprehension surrounding the idea of machines replacing human jobs has deep historical roots. As far back as 1589, when English inventor William Lee sought a patent for his knitting machine, Queen Elizabeth I denied it due to concerns about the economic stability of the kingdom’s ...

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