Monday, September 14, 2015

Bill Gates says software bots will eventually take jobs away in 20 years. What do people think?

Disclaimer: this post is copy-pasted from Quora!

When is the last time you used a travel agent to book a flight?  Bots are already here.

I should also add that my profession is becoming automated. Newspapers like the LA Times are using bots to 'write' stories involving sports results and financial reports. They are virtually indistinguishable from similar reports written by bipeds. Fortunately they haven't invented a Snark Bot or I'd be out of a job.

Any job involving forms processing. As paper shuffling turns into pixel shuffling, there's less and less need for a human to be involved.

What's your credit score? That's determined by an algorithm. Back in the day, a human being had to decide if you were a worthy credit risk.

Life insurance rates? Once upon a time, insurers relied upon actuarial tables built by bipeds. Not anymore.

Also: Planes. Commercial airliners are flown almost entirely by robot, save for take off and landing (and even the latter is mostly automated).

Tl;dr: There are a ton of jobs being performed today by algorithms that used to be done by humans. More are coming. Hope yours isn't one of them.


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