Policymakers Need to Recognize AI’s Potential to Empower Workers

Published by , April 3, 2017 3:59 am

(TheHill)  Economists and technologists generally agree that AI can lead to job losses in some industries for at least the short run, there’s significant disagreement about the longer-term net effects of automation on jobs. Rather than base public policy efforts simply on speculative fears, policymakers should recognize AI’s potential to empower workers and enhance their productivity, including in key sectors like cybersecurity.
The end goal of most AI applications — from voice recognition to email spam detection — always has been to augment human abilities, not to supplant them. Rather than pitting man against machine, AI is ushering in a new age of man plus machine. According to consultancy McKinsey & Co., robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence will combine to raise global labor productivity by 0.8 percent to 1.4 percent a year between now and 2065.

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