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In the past few years, the field of artificial intelligence has improved by leaps and bounds. Today’s technology and understanding of robotics have made it conceivable that machines with abilities similar to a human brain may be possible in the next few years.

“Doctor, you may not want to hear this, but computers will ultimately replace the work of physicians.” This was an unexpected comment from a very bright, albeit somewhat brash, a third-year medical student with an impressive engineering background beginning his surgical rotation in my outpatient…

There’s no denying that artificial intelligence has the power to make the world a better place. On the other hand, many wonder if the new developments to make robots even more intelligent will have a detrimental impact on the workforce. In the past factory workers and those employed in positions that required a great deal of repetition were the only ones who worried about their job being assigned to a robot. Now people in other industries, including the medical community and those who work in finances worry that upcoming forms of A.I. will cost them their jobs.

Their concerns aren’t unjust.

While there’s no getting around the fact that artificial intelligence will leave its mark on the world and force a change in the workforce, it’s equally important to remember that no matter how sophisticated artificial intelligence becomes in the future, it’s always going to be somewhat limited. It will still be unable to reason or think creatively, things that all industries will require.

Individuals who are technology gifted should find that improvements in the field of A.I. technology will make finding satisfying careers easier than ever. All industries will need creative and innovative people who will continue to improve the artificial intelligence.

Economists are quick to point out that while it’s true that A.I. technology will make some jobs obsolete, it’s important to note that historically when such situations have arisen, new jobs were created that not only gave people new career options, they also improved the overall quality of life. The same economists also believe that it won’t take long before the culture adapts to the changes and welcomes them. It’s reasonable to expect the A.I. technology that will be developed in the future to free some members of the workforce from tedious tasks, improve everyone’s health, and extend life expectancy.

There’s no getting around the fact that A.I. technology is here to stay and that it will continue to evolve and improve.