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Gartner: Will Artificial Intelligence make us dumber?

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In a recent Fortune interview, renowned futurist and director at Google Ray Kurzweil says as a response to a question about AI impact on jobs: “Well, don’t worry, for every job we eliminate, we’re going to create more jobs at the top of the skill ladder.”There is a huge flaw in this argument!

Let’s do a thought experiment:

Let’s pretend you are the world’s leading Forensic Accountant. You find stuff in accounting that nobody else is able to. As any expert, you are guided just as much by instinct honed from years of experience – as rational thought and explicit knowledge. You can smell something’s wrong long before you can point out what.

As the world’s leading Forensic Accountant, you’ll be the last person to be rendered obsolete by AI. AI might take over a lot of your tasks, but the instinct honed from decades of experience is pretty hard to replicate. It might eventually be taken over, but there is a lot of other tasks and skills that will go before that.

At one point, 70% of accounting tasks might be taken over by AI. You are still the world’s foremost forensic accountant. But, who will be the world’s best after you?

Read the entire article here, Will Artificial Intelligence make us dumber?

Via the fine folks at Gartner.

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Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 8,300 associates, including more than 1,800 research analysts and consultants, and clients in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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