With Watson having won on Jeopardy, should we now be worrying about robots taking all of our jobs?
With Watson, the super IBM computer, appearing on Jeopardy this week, robots and artificial intelligence have been on everyone’s minds. Could we see them taking our jobs? Watson did, after all, defeat two of the biggest champions in the history of the show, so does this mean that AI has finally reached the point we have seen in science fiction films time and time again where they will finally rise up and decide that we are no longer necessary to their functionality?
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
Our own Jon Rettinger went on CNBC’s Street Signs today to discuss the possibility that this is the beginning of some sort of robot take over of the workforce, and I have to agree with him in that we really have nothing to fear. Yes, things may change, just as they did when outsourcing to other countries became all the rage. In the case of robots, they can ease our jobs and free us up to focus on other things. Why not take the mundane tasks out of our lives and let the robots do things such as repetitive tasks? Sure there may be some initial job losses, but the freedom to focus our energies on more thought-intensive tasks that could lead to a whole new slew of jobs being created.
What say you? Have our robot overlords finally come, or are they just hear to make our lives easier?