The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

Reading Time: 1 minute

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. He also argued that these trends are reversible, that improved education and a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and research can help feed new engines of growth, that economies have overcome the rise of new technologies before. But after his talk, in the hallways at Asilomar, so many of the researchers warned him that the coming revolution in AI would eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than he expected.


  1. The Peter Principal in Action !!!

    Thanks +Gideon Rosenblatt

  2. I think that this is the hidden fact behind the anger seen in the recent election. The reason to latch onto alternative facts has to do with displacement. Divide and conquer. This keeps those holding current wealth in power. Much of the nation feels squeezed. They may have a job (for now) but the jobs available are lower pay service jobs. Not positions that help build a personal identity. They are fearful of a future that may not include them.

    Income redistribution is only part of the answer. As was true in the first industrial revolution, we need to redefine the nature of work, working hours, and increasing the recognition and value of human tasks, in social services, sciences and the arts.

  3. Need more people asking serious questions about this transition (AI, automation, etc). The tide is going to go out very quickly and leave a lot of stranded fish.

  4. It’s time to transition to a post-employment economy.

  5. Not clear why the threats listed should be mutually exclusive beyond gaining the top spot in a standard narrative (what they can’t both do).

  6. What if the jobs created for humans are even fewer than the ones available now.

  7. Pretty clear that that’s what the AI folks at the conference were thinking, Gaythia Weis, and it’s clear that the tensions these days are way, way less about offshoring of jobs and much more about automation. Thanks for that Dennett pointer, btw.

  8. Gideon Rosenblatt

    We humans have adapted from one era through another. It is our very nature is to adapt, viewing one’s body and Brain which in itself a universe.

    Colonization, Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial Age, Great Depression to Great Recession, Wall City – baling out Banks, 22 million homeless,…….

    It is difficult to come back from homelessness, poverty and despair, yet, we manage for the most part; not all are capable.

    Is the middle class disappearing or being replaced, is my question? Replaced with what? What will this look like.

    We have replaced horses with gas guzzling autos, the horses have suffered and our air is polluted.

    There are Thinker and Inventors, an Entrepreneur for every change, inventing, resolving every monolithic change in our planetary history.

    We use the death of dinosaurs for fuel,

    We change up to the moment we die, for in death is a moment of change.

    What we might ask is: what will we learn, and what will this look like for us in progression.

    Doomsday might be here for the humans in a 100 years or less, and it might be earths’ blessing.

    Imagining all the different thoughts that run through the scientist minds; if we heard them all, could we be ever inspired?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign up here for the latest articles. You can opt out at any time.

Subscribe by email:

Or subscribe by RSS:

%d bloggers like this: