What roles will human workers play in the AI economy of the future? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
The question is no longer if AI can coexist with humans, it's now a question of how (and what) they can achieve together. As we assess the economy of the future, it's important to understand the value people bring to AI - and that's data. So first of all, creating royalties and residuals based on the value and information that people are adding to the AI - paying them for their data, information, knowledge, and expertise - is the fundamental shift needed to account for how people will work alongside AI in the economy of the future. Otherwise, the economy will be split between those who are working with AI, and those who are not, and it's imperative our economic models avoid that.
There's no way to know for sure the exact impact AI will have on human jobs, but what we do know is when the expertise of human workers is systemically injected into the AI system, AI becomes more accurate while paving the way for continued coexistence. However, since AI will rely on the expertise of human workers to be successful, there's no danger of people training themselves out of a job - the AI content needs constant maintenance. And because the more input from domain experts an AI receives, the better it becomes, the demand for workers to train AI will only grow, which will in turn lower the AI barrier of entry, allowing more people to participate in the AI economy - you won't (necessarily) need multiple PhDs.
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