What do you dream of doing for work when you’re older? Will you study sea life as a marine biologist? Maybe you’ll open your own business. Some kids might even grow up to eat ice cream for a living! Or perhaps you’ll have a job that doesn’t even exist yet.
Yes, that is possible!
New types of work pop up all the time. In the past, new jobs have grown during times of major change. Often, this comes about because of new technology. One example is the Industrial Revolution. Today, one technology that could change work is artificial intelligence (AI).
What is AI?
When they hear “artificial intelligence,” some people picture robots taking over the world. However, that’s not an accurate picture. The first person to talk about AI was the mathematician Alan Turing. He described it as a technology that would be able to think and reason like a person.
AI includes any machine that reacts to information the same way a person would. AI technology can use judgment to make decisions. It can look at many parts of a problem. Perhaps most noteworthy, it can learn. That means AI technology can change its actions based on feedback from its surroundings.
Do you use any AI technology?
One example of AI that’s already common today is smart speakers. In fact, many smart home devices use AI technology. But many people are more interested in learning how AI might affect life outside of the home.
How will AI impact jobs and the workplace?