In general, what possibilities are there for reinventing job descriptions that could be replaced by an automated AI solution? My initial ideas include:

  • Monitoring the AI and flagging its incorrect actions.
  • Possibly taking over the control in very challenging scenarios.
  • Creating/gathering more training/testing data to improve the accuracy of the AI.
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    $\begingroup$ Great question and welcome to AI! Per your 3rd idea, although human assisted machine learning isn't the hot field right now, my understanding is that it's a quite valuable and productive approach. I like this question very much, as it touches on linguistics (semantics), and I will definitely be thinking on it and try to generate some meaningful terms. $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Aug 8 '17 at 0:15
  • $\begingroup$ This question gives no credit to the ingenuity, initiative, creativity and ambition of people. While there will always be some segment of the population that can't cope on their own, the overwhelming majority of people, at least in western societies, are quite capable of adapting to new challenges and will simply find careers in fields that have not been replaced by AI. Many of those careers probably haven't even been thought up yet. Even if the doomsayers are correct then there's always the option of mandating the Jetson's grueling 2 hour instead of 8 hour work days. $\endgroup$ – Dunk Aug 15 '17 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Dunk I think that's an over/mis-interpretation of the question. It's not that I wouldn't believe in curiosity, creativity, and ambition of people. On the contrary, I have optimistic view of the future regarding human-machine interaction given how well societies have survived the past industrial revolutions. My hope is that this question would accelerate the thought process of creating new job descriptions. $\endgroup$ – tuomastik Aug 17 '17 at 6:58

With AI technology at its current stage (or at least reasonably close to this stage), the jobs you proposed may very well be openings created by AI automation. However, sufficiently advanced AI technology--- the kind that can function as general purpose labor replacement--- will make even these jobs obsolete. This is because such an AI would be able to improve itself and as a result would surpass human level intelligence---meaning that it would take actions which we would not necessarily be able to understand or justify.

This is all assuming that the intelligence of humans is not some kind of upper limit on the possibilities of intelligence in general. As far as I know there is no reason to think we represent such an upper limit.

To summarize...will such jobs exist?

Sub-human artificial intelligence: sure. Beyond-human artificial intelligence: no reason to think they would be necessary as the AI can do them itself.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. Your answer is valid since I didn't define the type of AI in my question. I didn't actually mean general AI, since it wouldn't necessarily need any help from humans as you said. I'm more after solutions that apply for an AI that is greater or equal to weak AI but less than general AI. $\endgroup$ – tuomastik Aug 8 '17 at 7:47

+1 to previously mentioned job descriptions

AI production overseers - People who will command AI to build and control mines and factories. It's like strategic game, but in the real world

Explanation: AI even with the intellect of a bee and ability to understand/execute commands in combination with appropriate technologies will be enough to create robots, which will be able to build mines and factories to build new robots or things. Nevertheless, this is can be not enough to build an efficient production. Therefore an overseer of each production will command it in order to establish or maintain production at the necessary level

Can became obsolete by reaching of high enough AI level to substitute overseers. However, even if AI become smarter than people, this no guarantees what it will understand people better than overseer human. Therefore even in this case, it's not a good idea left AI without control by humans

  1. AI Gatekeepers - Their job would be to make sure they (AI) don't accidentally become our overlords. :)

  2. AI Tax - so that replaced jobs are taxed at 30 percent to offset cost of supporting people on food stamp.

  3. AI Traders - Market place to sell AI Bots / Robots

Update: I thought I'd clarify #2. I wasn't thinking of putting human into tax collection job and work for the government. My proposal was to add taxes for each robot that replaces a human worker. This line of thought was influenced by Bill Gates recommendation on adding taxes for robots and an article on universal basic income (https://futurism.com/images/universal-basic-income-answer-automation/)

If the gold rush for AI puts many of us out of work (which is quite possible), we should find a way to minimize it's impact to the society. One way would be to tax each robot reasonable amount (not to exceed cost of human labor) so that it can go to a super-fund for universal basic income. That fund can be used to give every one in that community a basic salary so it can prevent hunger, homelessness, and other problems associated with poverty. In my humble opinion, it will be very difficult to implement. Some countries and cities are testing this as proof-of-concept for now. We will see how that works out.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. Can you elaborate the second idea? Do you mean that the employees who were sacked due to AI would start working for the government, where they search for companies similar to their previous employer, which would lead the government collecting higher taxes from these companies? All your ideas are good, but I'm afraid those new job descriptions could be too different from the old ones (depending on the old occupation). The way I see it, the optimal new job descriptions would be the kind where an employee can continue working in his field and somehow use his domain-specific knowledge. $\endgroup$ – tuomastik Aug 9 '17 at 6:50
  • $\begingroup$ Had a busy day... will answer it soon in more detail... my thought builds and borrows from Bill Gates idea, but, I modified it slightly using the basic universal income approach. will share details as soon as I get some time to organize my thoughts on #2 $\endgroup$ – Rajib Bahar Aug 10 '17 at 2:53

More roles: AI Diplomat - This may be a bit far fetched... Let's say in the next few centuries, the AI become advanced enough to earn their own civil rights through supreme court or legislative branch. We should have experts with good relationship with AIs. We should give them enough knowledge and tools to make sure AIs sees our existence as beneficial to them.

AI Counter Task Force: It could be part of law enforcement or military with experts in various field of AI / Technology who are also physically fit to go into battles when needed.

Entrepreneurs - encourage building of jobs and careers that are always hard to automate. As a result, human being will always have value. We should inspire our entrepreneurs to have a good balance of automation and manual jobs. What if all of your AIs fail in one day and your competition wins because they had more human labor.


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