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Social skills to pay the bills

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Science  19 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6373, pp. 286-287
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6373.286-g

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  • In the long run, the gap between the rich and poor will dramatically increase by artificial intelligence

    Brad Wible mentioned "Social skills to pay the bills" (1). The trend will last as long as human beings are working. Many human jobs could be done by artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the near future (2). If so, the conventional social skills will not be needed anymore. An owner of profitable AI systems will become rich while people replaced by AI will become poor. In the long run, the gap between the rich and poor will dramatically increase by artificial intelligence. We must take care of a large number of people replaced by AI. We must seriously think concepts like guaranteed minimum income or universal basic income in the near future (3).

    References:
    1. Brad Wible, "Social skills to pay the bills," Science, 19 Jan 2018: Vol. 359, Issue 6373, pp. 286
    2. Science must examine the future of work, Nature 550, 301–302 (19 October 2017)
    https://www.nature.com/news/science-must-examine-the-future-of-work-1.22833
    3. Emerging Ethical Concerns In the Age of Artificial Intelligence, April 18, 2017
    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/290914

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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