Instead of these four categories, “AI will increasingly replace repetitive jobs. Not just for blue-collar work but a lot of white-collar work,” Lee explains, predicting that 40 percent of jobs in the world will become “displaceable” by technology.
“Basically chauffeurs, truck drivers anyone who does driving for a living their jobs will be disrupted more in the 15- to 20-year time frame and many jobs that seem a little bit complex, chef, waiter, a lot of things will become automated, we’ll have automated stores, automated restaurants.”
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The difference between the robot revolution and other revolutions that have disrupted the labor markets is the rate of change, says Lee.
“The invention of the steam engine, the sewing machine, electricity, have all displaced jobs. And we’ve gotten over it. The challenge of AI is this 40 percent, whether it is 15 or 25 years, is coming faster than the previous revolutions,” he said on “60 Minutes.”
And it is the role of the government and of those companies who reap the most rewards from AI to teach workers new skills, says Lee.
“The key then must be retraining the workforce so people can do them. This must be the responsibility not just of the government, which can provide subsidies, but also of corporations and AI’s ultra-wealthy beneficiaries,” Lee says in his Time op-ed.