AI and jobs: Where humans are better than algorithms, and vice versa

It’s easy to get caught up in the doom-and-gloom predictions about artificial intelligence wiping out millions of jobs. Here’s a reality check.

The 21st century’s longest shadow hanging over the technology industry, workers, and humanity in general, is the effect that artificial intelligence, robots, and automation are going to have on jobs.

The popular narrative is generally filled with lots of doom-and-gloom about AI wiping out whole industries and millions of people going unemployed, but let’s take a little reality check and look at where humans do a better job than AI, and vice versa, to give you some context for how the workforce of the future is going to change.

Where AI wins

It’s no secret that algorithms and robots can smoke humans at repetitive tasks and solving problems that inv...

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Sydney University Australia opens up horticultural learning centre in robotics

The University of Sydney’s first horticultural robotics learning and development hub has opened in Sydney.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, will today open Australia’s first horticultural robotics learning centre and development hub at the University of Sydney.

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Located within the University’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said the Horticulture Innovation Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (HICRIS) will become a hub for horticulture robotics in Australia.

“A future generation of students will be trained right here and will take their place as leaders in the horticulture industry, and researchers here will oversee the creation of world-leadi...

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More STEM education is not protection of jobs from robots



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Care to guess what is the world’s fastest growing industry? Health care? Biotech? Energy? Nope. According to a recent report, it’s robotics.

And those robots are slowly but surely putting people out of work. Recent research at the University of Oxford suggests that nearly half of all jobs are at risk from automation.

Ironically this research used some advanced machine learning techniques to estimate which professions were most at risk of being automated in the next 20 years. Even the task of estimating which jobs are most at risk is being automated!

So what are the jobs most at risk? One was telemarketer. Now this might sound like a great thing. Fewer people will interrupt your dinner trying to sell you cable TV...

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