(News & Record, 4/1/18)
We live in an age of wonders, many of them painstakingly engineered to steal our jobs. Machines have always replaced human labor — that’s why we build them, and they deliver on their purpose efficiently, remorselessly and, in the long run, to the greater economic good of society. But this is about to happen in some unprecedented ways, and it’s going to leave a mark.
An emerging generation of computers that can learn, see and talk on the phone promises — or threatens — to automate tasks long reserved for people. Analyzing legal documents, knitting apparel, driving a truck: The technologies broadly known as Artificial Intelligence and robotics can do it, or will in the not-too-distant future.