Regular readers of this newsletter will know that I’m sceptical of the coming robot apocalypse.
While the tech media gets all hot and bothered about how the AI-revolution will replace everyone’s jobs, I prefer to be optimistic. While machines eliminate jobs; rising productivity creates new jobs.
Still, it’s hard not to be a little worried by Jill Lepore’s piece in the New Yorker titled Are Robots Competing For Your Job?
(spoiler alert: the robots don’t care, it’s the people who fund the robots that ultimately want to get rid of your job).
But it turns out there is a way to future-proof what you do for a living: have an ambiguous job title. “If your job can be easily explained, it can be automated,” says Anders Sandberg, of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute (what does that mean? Not sure but I do know his job is safe). “It it can’t, it won’t.”
Which is good, because my mum still can’t explain what I do for a living. No robots for me.