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If I Had A Hammer

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about 3 months ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Tom Friedman begins his latest op-ed in the NYT with an anecdote about Dutch chess grandmaster Jan Hein Donner who when asked how he’d prepare for a chess match against a computer like IBM.’s Deep Blue replied: “I would bring a hammer.” Donner isn’t alone in fantasizing that he’d like to smash some recent advances in software and automation like self-driving cars, robotic factories and artificially intelligent reservationists says Friedman because they are "not only replacing blue-collar jobs at a faster rate, but now also white-collar skills, even grandmasters!" In the First Machine Age (The Industrial Revolution) each successive invention delivered more and more power but they all required humans to make decisions about them. Therefore, the inventions of this era actually made human control and labor “more valuable and important.” Labor and machines were complementary. Friedman says that we are now entering the "Second Machine Age" where we are beginning to automate cognitive tasks because in many cases today artificially intelligent machines can make better decisions than humans. "We’re having the automation and the job destruction," says MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson. "We’re not having the creation at the same pace. There’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to find these new jobs. It may be that machines are better than that." Put all the recent advances together says Friedman, and you can see that our generation will have more power to improve (or destroy) the world than any before, relying on fewer people and more technology. "But it also means that we need to rethink deeply our social contracts, because labor is so important to a person’s identity and dignity and to societal stability." "We’ve got a lot of rethinking to do," concludes Friedman, "because we’re not only in a recession-induced employment slump. We’re in technological hurricane reshaping the workplace.""

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