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Μεταφέρω επιστολή αναγνώστη με τίτλο “Robots writing letters? Thankfully that’s a way off” που δημοσιεύθηκε στην Φαϊνάνσιαλ Τάιμς της 21 Μαρτίου 2024. Πνευματώδης και, συνάμα, εύστοχη – δεν λείπουν, άλλωστε, οι ακαδημαϊκές προειδοποιήσεις.

“John Thornhill is right that technology doesn’t leave workers idle but merely frees up people for the market to channel in new directions (‘Superfluous people vs AI: what the jobs revolution might look like’, Opinion, March 15).

In the past, machines reallocated workers from the unpleasant drudgery of agriculture, mining and manufacturing and created more rewarding jobs in management and services.

Where artificial intelligence is different, however, is where it ranks in the hierarchy. With the potential to replace high-paying, analytical white-collar jobs, it will push workers into sectors where humans still enjoy a comparative advantage.

Unfortunately this appears to mean caring for old people, delivering parcels and serving food, none of which show any signs of economically viable automation. Perhaps this is the moment where labour-replacing machines begin demoting rather than promoting us.

On a more positive note, my brief initial testing has shown AI tools to be extremely poor at writing letters to editors, so perhaps we can enjoy this correspondence for a few more years.”

Yours un-artificially,

Alfie Pearce-Higgins

London SW15, UK

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