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It is a world in which artificial intelligence (AI) applications perform many tasks better than we can.The AI agents that have already arrived come in soft forms, such as apps, web bots, algorithms and software of all kinds; and hard forms, such as robots, driverless cars, smart watches and other gadgets.Any job in which people serve as an interface – between, say, a GPS and a car, documents in different languages, ingredients and a finished dish, or symptoms and a corresponding disease – is now at risk.But, at the same time, new jobs will appear, because we will need new interfaces between automated services, websites, AI applications and so forth. What's more, many tasks will not be cost-effective for AI applications. For example, Amazon's Mechanical Turk program claims to give its customers "access to more than 500,000 workers from 190 countries," and is marketed as a form of "artificial artificial intelligence". As jobs go, so will tax revenues; and it is unlikely that the companies profiting from AI will willingly step in to support adequate social-welfare programs for their former employees.Instead, we will have to do something to make companies pay more, perhaps with a "robo-tax" on AI applications.
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