Yes, high tech IS killing white collar jobs

From Forbes:

“What globalization did to blue collar jobs and the working class economy over the past 30 or 40 years, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics will do to the white collar economy — and at a much, much faster pace,” says Greene.

It’s a problem that will only exacerbate the growing gap between the rich and the poor, he claims, because we’ve left ourselves unprepared for the inevitable automation of many jobs traditionally done by humans.

“This is a much bigger issue than any of the presidential candidates are acknowledging,” says Greene, who unsuccessfully ran for a Senate seat in 2010, pointing to a Harvard Business Review study that claims as many as 40 million Americans may soon have job skills that have no economic value. More.

But they will have one big heap of resentment, about everything, anything, and nothing—above all, their “identity,” which is everything to them and nothing to anyone else.

Reality check: No, of course AI isn’t killing the jobs where we have to originate new information. It is killing the ones where people pushed/lugged paper around all day, every day.

When .pdf killed the Post Office, it did not make documents write themselves. But it did cut the number of people required to provide a document very considerably—usually down to its author, and maybe an editor/Web master.

See also: Will artificial intelligence kill our jobs? That depends. It depends in part on what we understand our jobs to be.


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  • We live in interesting times.

  • El Martyachi
  • terrence

    Another thing that kills jobs is the $15 an hour drivel. It makes robots look really attractive, and MUCH, MUCH cheaper

  • ismiselemeas

    The Leisure Age. It’s virtually here.

  • The Butterfly

    Tech has been killing jobs for a looooooong time already. And we’re not even close to being done yet.

  • kkruger71

    I always say to younger people, if they want to train for job, look into the trades. Skilled electricians, plumbers, bricklayers, etc. will still be needed for the foreseeable future.