Elon Musk says AI will take all our jobs


Elon Musk says artificial intelligence is going to take all our jobs and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“None of us will probably have a job,” Musk said of AI. during a technical conference on Thursday.

Speaking remotely via webcam at VivaTech 2024 in Paris, Musk described a future where jobs are “optional.”

“If you want to do a job that’s kind of like a hobby, you can do a job,” Musk said. “But otherwise, AI and robots will provide all the goods and services you want.”

For this scenario to work, he said, there would need to be a “high universal income” – not to be confused with universal basic income, although he did not explain what that might look like. (UBI refers to the government giving a certain amount of money to everyone, regardless of their income.)

“There will be no shortage of goods or services,” he said.

AI’s capabilities have grown in recent years, rapidly enough that regulators, businesses and consumers are still considering how to use the technology responsibly. Concerns also continue to grow about how various industries and jobs will evolve as AI proliferates in the marketplace.

In January, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab found that workplaces are adopting AI much more slowly than some expected and feared. The report also states that the majority of jobs previously identified as vulnerable to AI were not economically advantageous for employers to automate at that time.

Experts also believe that many jobs that require high emotional intelligence and human interaction will not need to be replaced, such as those for mental health professionals, creatives and teachers.

Musk has been open about his concerns about AI. During Thursday’s keynote address, he called technology his greatest fear. He cited Ian Banks’ “Culture Book Series,” a fictional, utopian look at a society driven by cutting-edge technology, as the most realistic and “the best vision of a future AI.”

However, in a jobless future, Musk wondered if people would feel emotionally fulfilled.

“The question will really be one of meaning: if computers and robots can do everything better than you, does your life have meaning? he said. “I think maybe humans still have a role to play in this, in the sense that we can make sense of AI.”

He also used his time on stage to urge parents to limit the amount of social media children can see, because “it’s programmed by an AI that maximizes dopamine.”

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