Many are concerned that the use of AI will increasingly reduce the number of jobs available resulting in mass unemployment. I don’t have a crystal ball and I’m not going to try to make any predictions. However, it is true that people have been worried about the loss of jobs from new technologies coming in. Perhaps it’s going to be different this time. Perhaps.
However, I find it hard to believe that AI will create a shortage of important, difficult, interesting problems to solve. In particular, societally, we are going to need to free up more time to take care of our aging population. We’re going to have more older adults than ever and most of the day to day tasks of caring for people will be very difficult to automate.
Even if we could, I’m not sure we should.