We have come a long way since the first computers. Computing machines can even drive cars now. What does this mean for us as a society? As technological advances and computers learn to perform human tasks with greater efficiency than even humans themselves, how many of us will be left in the dust? Is there a way to make us indispensable as workers?
The threat is still far in the future, so there is no need to panic about it. However, the younger you are, the more you should be concerned. What career paths should you choose to avoid being captured by automation?
However, despite this, creative efforts will never replaced computers. Art is an expression of human creativity, imagination and improvisation — something that computers will never have.
Any child can say «I am a dog» and pretend to be a dog. Computers struggle to come up with the essence of «I» and the essence of «dog», and they really struggle to figure out which parts of «I» and «dog» should usefully be mixed together if you want to pretend to be a dog.
This is an important skill, because creativity can be described as the ability to understand the essence of one thing, and then the essence of some completely different thing, and break them together to create some completely new thing.
David Brooks, «What Machines Can’t Do»
The world is home to hundreds of millions of sports fans. As a species, we love to play and we love to watch others play, and sports are the perfect expression of our inclination to play. Will an entertainment stadium full of football robots watch? Perhaps not for long, but only for the sake of novelty.
Sports are irresistible because of human storytelling, which lies below the surface. We are not as attached to the sport itself as we are to the players of this sport. History, rivalry, athleticism, betting is what we want to watch, and computers can never replicate this kind of excitement.
Health and Medicine
On the one hand, aspects of medicine that are entirely based on medical knowledge, technical knowledge, and data analysis can be intelligently automated without much consequence. However, there are elements of healthcare that computers simply cannot handle: bedside manners, making tough decisions based on incomplete patient data, working with human psychology, and so on.
At the very least, there are a number of legal issues that can arise from putting a patient’s life in the hands of a medical robot that can fail and make the wrong decision. This threat alone ensures that people will always have a place in healthcare.