Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese Web giant Baidu, isn’t concerned about the idea of killer robots. But he does foresee advanced robotics using artificial intelligence taking people’s jobs.
“It will replace jobs in the next couple of years,” Ng predicted. He added that we have seen the impact of technology replacing jobs throughout history, and he anticipates a painful middle area where people will need to be retrained. To mitigate this rapid fire shift in jobs, Ng suggested implementing some type of basic income in which the government pays a living wage to people.
“However, I’m not sure the U.S. is ready for a basic income, so something like paying people to study, might work better,” Ng explained in an interview after his talk.
… we will have to build new infrastructures first. Some sort of safety net for displaced jobs is part of the equation, but other priorities such as rethinking transportation infrastructure to account for self-driving cars is another.