Everyone is talking about how AI is coming to take our jobs. However, will AI be able to replace humans and create some type of worldwide unemployment crisis? Well, it won’t and here is why?
From agriculture to the industrial revolution, now we are in a new technological revolution that will change the way we communicate and work. For our ancestors, the industrial revolution was a big change and it didn’t result in a huge unemployment level. But, will it be the same this time? Also, the Internet did not have a great effect on unemployment. We could argue that the industrial revolution created jobs rather than reducing the number of open positions around the world. Each innovation and revolution created more jobs and made us more productive with the elimination of a few job categories. Thanks to the industrial revolution, we don’t have people lighting up the lights on the streets each night (yes, that was a job before electric street lights were introduced).
Technology really makes our lives easier and it helps us to do a better job. And once again, we are afraid of what AI will do? Will a superhuman robot replace us?
On the positive side, AI might replace repetitive jobs and it might free us from meaningless jobs. AI can easily handle any repetitive job. For example, AI could do a great job at recruiting tasks, organizing resumes, sending emails and even making phone calls to find the best candidate. However, this does not mean that recruiters will be completely replaced. Recruiters can focus on more creative jobs such as developing relationships between top candidates and getting them into the best job positions.
Another reason why we shouldn’t worry too much about AI taking our jobs is the fact that AI is not smart enough to do any type of creative jobs. Our ability to react immediately in creative ways cannot be matched by any computer. AI can make us more efficient and effective. It can give us back our time to do creative work. We are not talking only about creative writing and composing but other creative tasks such as reviewing data, assimilating information, communicating with others, creating better more innovative ideas, and finding the best solutions for more complicated problems.
AI also can create more jobs for us. For example, social media jobs did not exist ten years ago and today, the industry is worth more than $31 billion. New technologies and new devices will give us new industries and jobs, some that may be unthinkable today. The availability of tech jobs for humans will still grow, and not be replaced by artificial intelligence. Or some jobs that we can’t believe would even exist in the next few decades.
Furthermore, AI is not able to find a cure for cancer because it doesn’t have the creativity that sparks human genius. We would not have any discoveries or resolutions for major world problems when we would rely on AI. Reviews, trials, experiments, and lines of code stand between AI and any type of innovation. That’s all done by humans. However, the process of how we do it can be significantly accelerated with the help of AI. Technology can help us work faster, narrow the pool of alternatives and eliminate impractical solutions, but it will never create a solution on its own.
In conclusion, why AI won’t replace humans? We are too complex for the world we have created. AI is smart, but not creative, not able to write meaningful proposals/texts or to come up with the best solutions for problems we have in our organizations or in the world we live in. AI will take over more monotonous tasks and jobs, while giving us more time to be creative and to do meaningful jobs.