Monday, May 13, 2019

Machines, Humans, and Work

white and brown human robot illustration

One of the central lessons of artificial intelligence is that a variety of tasks that are easy for humans are difficult for machines, while a variety of tasks that are difficult for humans are easy for machines. For example, the tasks of giving manicures and pedicures or placing water glasses just so on a restaurant table, while rather easy for many humans, can be extremely difficult for a machine, while tasks that involve high-level reasoning - bookkeeping, accounting, many banking functions, and the analysis of legal documents and medical scans - are relatively easy for machines.

- From The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change by Ellen Ruppel Shell

[Photo by Franck V. at Unsplash]

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