Wary of AI

We finally have the answer to a lot of the world’s problems, such as funding state pension plans, labour shortages, reducing costs of government services and the list goes on and on.

As a recent Castanet article outlined, we are at the stage where our abilities can make computer programs do pretty much everything for us. So is there really a need for educational or learning institutions?

Kids will only need minimal education, enough to get them through “junior” school, up to age 14 let’s say. That should get them the knowledge they need to type instructions and questions into their computer device (laptop, tablet or phone) and the installed software will do the rest for them.

How does that solve all those problems you ask. Well, there won’t be the need to go to higher educational facilities, no college or university, just straight into a job. With all these young workers now available, wage deductions for state pensions will greatly increase, the job market will be flooded with young bodies and minds, there will be huge savings in education budgets as there will no longer be the need for as many teachers or professors.

Additionally, and maybe the biggest advantage, is we will see a reduction in overseas child labour because we will now have our own child labour pool—an added bonus for the industries looking to dig up and mine essential earth minerals needed for our E.V. battery industry.

Let’s hope this outlook never happens and all the technological advances we make will indeed help us improve our lives. As we continue to make these strides we, and especially our governments, need to think about what the consequences will be of our advancements.

We are already seeing the impacts of robotic technology in factory production, making manual labour less and less. Fast food restaurants are beginning to use robotic cooking assistants thus doing away with the entry-level jobs our kids use to earn money for their first car.

How much of a stretch is it for artificial intelligence technology to make similar changes in education, office work and so on.

Yes, it is a fantastic advancement but something we really need to consider for our future.

Malcolm Roberts, Kelowna

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