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Discussion on: THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN IN THIS DECADE (2020s)

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Michiel Hendriks

But most of these technology advances do not advance society. Especially things like AI will make it worse. Yes, there are good applications of the technology, but the vast majority will degrade the quality of life for the majority (even though they do not realize it).

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Carlos Guzmán

In each revolution there have been losses of jobs but new jobs are also created. I think a lot of people will be impacted by those technologies in a unfavorable way as you said. However new opportunities will be created. Maybe these changes will happen too fast for some of us and will not let us react but the new generations will adapt in a better way and hopefully they will enjoy a better world.

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Michiel Hendriks

This is not about losses of job (types).

A lot of automation was created with the purpose of making work easier for people. So that work was less stressful. In cases where they succeeded instead of people being able to do the same amount of work, with less stress, and with better quality. The bean counters concluded that they could do more work instead. This resulted in more stress and generally lower quality.

With the advent of more processing power and cheaper storage it became possible to store more and more data about people's actions. Now that there is stored and measurable data, people suddenly thing they can extra information from it in a magical way, and predict the present and future. This kind of pseudo science is not new. Things like phrenology, polygraphs, ... are all based on data misuse, and have been used in really bad ways. The same thing has happened, and is still happening, with data retrieved with newer technology. AI and machine learning is adding kerosene to this tire fire. If the AL/ML system has no transparency in they way the come to a conclusion you don't know if they work correctly. This will lead to people being discriminated based on bad models.

Technology should improve quality of life, the larger audience, the better. But it should not reduce quality of life for anybody.