The last word goes to AJ Abdallat, CEO of Glendale, Calif.-based Beyond Limits which was created to commercialize cutting edge technology developed by Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He pointed out that as good as AI systems are, they’re not going to set objectives.
“They can move toward them, and think outside the box. But being able to deal with the nuances of problems is still something that humans obviously excel at. So finding the things that are worth teaching to the AI, to learn and to figure out, that'll still always be a job in the hands of humans,” he said. “That’s also when it gets kind of cyclical. I'm going to learn something, the machine's going to discover a new pattern, we'll optimize an approach that I didn't think could be optimized to such a degree. That's going to give me new questions, which makes me give it new training data, and the process continues like that. “
AI may cut the mundane out of many jobs, but in order for it to work effectively it will need more people in new roles. Training, it seems, is the way to avoid AI-induced unemployment.