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AI Tech Could Eliminate 80% of Jobs Over Next Few Years

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SingularityNET envisions an AI marketplace where AI developers could deploy their programs on the company’s decentralized network which could be used and paid for by its users directly. It utilizes the Ethereum blockchain.
An artificial intelligence expert who has been working on making a decentralized AI platform powered by blockchain technologies has said he believes AI could replace 80% of jobs over the next few years.
Ben Goertzel, the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, said in an interview with US media that AI could replace most jobs even without reaching the point of matching human intelligence. Goertzel says current AIs are not close to reaching that goal but says even so, 8 in 10 jobs could be replaced by systems similar to AI systems today.

“You could probably obsolete maybe 80 percent of jobs that people do, without having an AGI [artificial general intelligence, the point at which an AI matches human intelligence], by my guess. Not with ChatGPT exactly as a product,” he said. “But with systems of that nature, which are going to follow in the next few years.”

Goertzel further said he does not see the growth in AI as a threat, but rather an opportunity for humans to improve their lives.
“I don't think it's a threat. I think it's a benefit. People can find better things to do with their life than work for a living... Pretty much every job involving paperwork should be automatable.”
But Goertzel admitted there will be some growing pains. “The problem I see is in the interim period, when AIs are obsoleting one human job after another... I don't know how (to) solve all the social issues,” he admitted.
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Still, Goertzel says there will be benefits, like robot nurses. “In that case, you're not eliminating human jobs. Because basically, there's not enough people who want to do nursing and nursing assistant jobs,” he said, adding education is another market ripe for humanoid robots.
Since at least 2010, South Korea has been utilizing robots in the classroom, largely for teaching English. However, those robots were controlled remotely by a human, AI robots would operate autonomously.
When asked about potential AI regulation, Goertzel said governance of AI needs to involve the general population. He says the companies driving AI development today are focused on “maximizing shareholder value” over “doing good things.”
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