AI, automation and the lightening of work

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Artificial intelligence (AI) technology poses possible threats to existing jobs. These threats extend not just to the number of

jobs available but also to their quality. In the future, so some predict, workers could face fewer and potentially worse jobs,at least if society does not embrace reforms that manage the coming AI revolution. This paper uses the example of DaronAcemoglu and Simon Johnson’s recent book—Power and Progress (2023)—to illustrate some of the dilemmas and optionsfor managing the future of work under AI. Acemoglu and Johnson, while warning of the potential negative effects of an AI-driven automation, argue that […]

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