Short Bytes: While speaking at an entrepreneur conference in China, the chairman of the Alibaba group Jack Ma talked about the impact of robots and automation. He said that AI’s could make our lives more painful in the coming decades with fewer jobs. Ma suggested new reforms be considered to handle such situations in a better way.The rapid development of artificial intelligence has induced a sense of insecurity among various leaders of the tech world, be it Elon Musk connecting our brains with machines, or Bill Gates suggesting robot tax. Now, it’s Jack Ma, the 52-year-old chairman of the Alibaba Group.
At an entrepreneur conference in China, Jack Ma talked about robots and automation affecting our future. According to him, we must introduce newer education reforms and find ways to work better with robots.
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“In the next 30 years, the world will see much more pain than happiness,” he said (in Chinese) in reference to the technology disrupting our jobs. “Social conflicts in the next three decades will have an impact on all sorts of industries and walks of life.”
Ma also recalled his earlier times when he warned about the impacts of e-commerce on traditional businesses but people didn’t pay attention.
“Fifteen years ago I gave speeches 200 or 300 times reminding everyone the Internet will impact all industries, but people didn’t listen because I was a nobody.”
Well, it’s good to hear that Mr. Jack Ma wanted to enlighten people about the impact of e-commerce and the Internet, but his company is now China’s biggest e-commerce portal and could do a one-on-one with Amazon.
In his speech, Ma didn’t forget to include the most trending topic in the tech world, AI, and automation replacing humans. Clearly, it would be hard to imagine the future without AI, considering loads of data dump that needs to be processed. Obviously, the lazy humans can’t do that or even the hard working ones.
He said that robots shouldn’t be designed to do things that humans can do but the things that humans are incapable of doing. In that way, a partnership between man and the machines can be built.
Also, AI can help humans live longer but with fewer jobs in return. And this could even include the post of the CEO.
“30 years later, the Time Magazine cover for the best CEO of the year very likely will be a robot,” Ma warned.
“It remembers better than you, it counts faster than you, and it won’t be angry with competitors.”
If we keep the terrifying part aside, having a robo-CEO could be a deal humans can agree upon. A CEO that never dies, leaving water the eyes of his fans. Probably, he could be sound enough to take decisions which aren’t selfish.
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