The respected computer scientist said that we are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans “at almost any task” - even if it does make you blush.
“Are you going to bet against sex robots? I would not,” Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Indeed, Vardi made the bold prediction that half the world’s population could be unemployed within the next 30 years. The result would be that middle class jobs could rapidly decrease, while inequality would increase, said Vardi.
He added: “I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”
Meanwhile, another computer scientist, Bart Selman, said that due to advances in big data and deep learning, computers are already starting to see and hear the way humans do.
Deep learning is a subset of machine learning which is based on learning representations of data.
In Australia, a recent report by the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has predicted that up to 40% of jobs have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years as a result of technological advancement.
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, Director of Growth and Founder of the HR service providers, Davidson. He said that as jobs increasingly disappear, L&D is likely to become the “lifeblood” of organisations.
“But not the traditional L&D, because if what we offer as a service is average then it can probably be replaced by an algorithm or be offshored,” he added.
“If you are at the top of the bell curve and you know that you provide exceptional value to your organisation, then your job is safe. In fact, it’s beyond safe - you will become increasingly important and have the most wonderful future.”
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The robot revolution is coming and there is no profession that’s safe, according to Moshe Vardi, a professor at Rice University.