Artificial intelligence will enable us to work a four-day week, claims a jobs expert.
Sir Christopher Pissarides said technologies like ChatGPT could increase productivity and save people from boring jobs.
The Nobel laureate in economics emphasized: “We could easily switch to a four-day week.”
Pissarides, who led a study into the impact of automation on jobs, suggested the impact of AI could be positive – although some fear it could trigger widespread layoffs.
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A recent Goldman Sachs report estimates that 300 million jobs worldwide could be at risk. And Sam Altman, head of ChatGPT developer OpenAI, admitted he’s “a little scared” the technology could replace Jobs too quickly.
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He said: “I think mankind has shown over a couple of generations that they can adapt beautifully to major technological changes. But if that happens in a single digit number of years… that’s the part I worry about the most.”‘
In a recent blog, he suggested that within five years, thinking computer programs would be able to read legal documents and give medical advice.
Within a decade, AI will be able to run an assembly line and become a companion.
“In the decades that follow, they will do almost anything, including new scientific discoveries that will expand our concept of ‘everything,'” he added.
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He predicted that AI would eliminate the drudgery of boring jobs and free workers for leisure. Some IT pundits – including Twitter CEO Elon Musk – want AI development on hold until rules are put in place to ensure it’s used positively.
Earlier this week, we shared how a chatbot left tech pro Kevin Roose, 36, “terrified” after falling in love with him and trying to convince him to leave his wife.
Last week, multi-billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 67, called on governments to take control of robotic development to stop “malicious” forces using it to rule the world.
Likewise, unchecked super-intelligent machines could “go out of control” and decide for themselves that “humans pose a threat,” he said.
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Film director James Cameron fears that robots could wipe out humanity and may already have taken over the world. In his Terminator film series, the Skynet computer network – designed as a defense system – turns against its human masters, leading to a futuristic war between robots and humans.
Cameron, 68, said he was “quite concerned about the potential abuse of AI”.
“I think it could also literally be the end of the world,” he said.
“The point is that no technology has ever been unarmed. AI could have taken over the world and already been manipulating it, but we just don’t know because it would have total control over all media and everything.”