Comments on: AlphaZero, machine learning, and the future of work Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Sat, 21 Mar 2020 02:09:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Adrian Segar Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:09:00 +0000 In reply to Elizabeth Glau, CMP.

If you think that the very best chess players are creative, then AlphaZero is creative. Ten years ago, no human chess player would describe playing chess as a “mundane, routine task”. What has been happening for quite a while now is that machines continue to master tasks that were formerly thought to need the “special humanness” you mention. When this occurs, we humans redefine the formerly special task as something “routine”.

For example, realtime natural spoken language processing and translation by machines were considered pie-in-the-sky possibilities until recently. Now we take them for granted. If someone posts in Dutch on FaceBook, I can click a button and understand what they’re saying. And the translations are continually getting better…

The world of “only humans can do this” is getting steadily smaller, and there’s nothing that ensures that the jobs that continue to be lost will be replaced by as many new jobs that pay as well as the old ones.

By: Elizabeth Glau, CMP Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:49:56 +0000 I think your take is insightful, Adrian. There are many types of AI and the potential is limitless. Do you think the example you saw replaced human creativity? The way I look at it, machines can and will automate mundane, routine tasks that don’t need special “humanness”, freeing us up to spend more time on creative solutions. As far as the future of work goes, there are new jobs being created now that contribute to designing, training and managing AI.