AI Technology will make most human jobs obsolete in just a couple of years. Main reason is the exponential pace at which computer & software technology has advanced in the past few years and the ever increasingly connected world of limit less availability to data.
The modern computer driven human replacement has already started. Restaurants, grocery stores, airline check-in counters are all transitioning towards self-service checkout stations run by computer kiosks rather than humans. These devices are mainly running software with preset logic.
We are now starting to move into the first wave of AI robotics which is capable of making human like decisions and learning from experiences. Self-driving cars is one example of such AI where the car's software can not only make decisions based on pre-programmed logic or choices, but it is continuously learning from new driving experiences on how to avoid or maneuver around new obstacles.
Self-driving cars will be soon replacing human drivers in most driving situations. Uber just announced it is launching its first self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh this month. Initially, the human driver will be in the car. However, few years down the road, as the AI improves, there will be no need for human drivers in these cars.
The other industry that is starting to see human replacement by AI is the advising and consulting businesses. Brokerages and investment firms are already deploying AI based Robo Investment Advisors instead of human adivisors. E*Trade and few other brokerage firms have started to offer robo-advisors for their customers; thus taking market share from traditional human brokers and investment adivsors.
The AI use of robo-advisors is not just limited to investment banks and brokerages. Even professions like law and medicine are starting to introduce IA based service providers. The world's first artificially intelligent lawyer was just hired at a law firm: world's first robo-lawyer. And here is an android doctor Anna: Robo-doc. Though, quite primitive, these introductory AI services are an onset to a much bigger wave of AI enabled workforce.
World's first robot-staffed hotel opened in Japan last year. Image Source: www.homecrux.com
Even schools and colleges could soon be replacing human advisors and teachers with AI based robots.
So what will humans do for work?
According to the experts, there will still be jobs for humans; however, they will be far and few, and availability of work would be rather limited to very specialized areas. Having a job would not be a centerpiece of human life.
Here is a very interesting read on this topic: world without work.