Can We Beat The Robots?

In September, I was part of a delegation that advised the G7 on the future of work, big data, and artificial intelligence. It was called the i7. It was the first time it had been attempted and it was Diego Piacentini’s idea that he put into action. The video will give you a snippet of what we did while we were there.

Here is a link to the entire report.

How do we make the digital economy open, and secure? How do we make it work for everyone? These are hard questions to answer but I think when we work together like we did we will find answers. There will be some policy failures since we are all human. However, entrepreneurship is like that. I think there will be more successes than failures and hopefully, Canada will pick up the baton and do it again next year.

I learned some things while I was there and I certainly met some people that offered up some very intriguing questions that I am still cogitating over. I don’t think it’s important to answer the questions right away. Yesterday I blogged about regulating Facebook and Google. The first time I heard that question come up was at the i7 and now I am starting to really think a little more deeply about it.

It’s important for the G7 countries to lead. Diego got them thinking about leading. I was honored to be a part of it and made some new friends there.

thanks for the link Instapundit.


5 thoughts on “Can We Beat The Robots?

  1. Where are those futures pit traders you worked with? Stock market advice provided by computers, and now on Instapundit a story about psychology counselors on computer. Kiosks in McD’s, self check out at the grocery store, more labor replaced by robot every day. If there is enough money to be saved it will happen, as it becomes more mainstream it will reach further down the ladder. Will robot makers support those they put out of jobs, will stores using robots/ai pay enough to support those they no longer employ? Not betting on it. Real question is how do you employ 1.6 billion Chinese when even cheap labor is replaced by robots?

    1. Those futures pit traders like me are out of a job. I think that in the history of innovation, new jobs are created that never existed before. However, we are uncertain as to where those opportunities might lie. For example, in 2006 you didn’t need to understand social media as a business but today you better if you are a consumer brand. Entire departments are employed to enable it.

      Many high paying jobs that require years of schooling are going to radically change. AI can read xrays better than doctors.

      The key is interpretation. Humans create. Humans interpret and humans interact.

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