The co-founder and CEO of Boca Raton’s ATS Digital Services, LLC, says that there are plenty more questions than answers when it comes to things being increasingly automated nowadays. Entire industries are being rapidly transformed with this technology as well as artificial intelligence. Tech experts like him are making predictions about where all this is headed and what impact it will have on the global economy.

The Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford gathered answers from 352 of the world’s leading scientists who gave their opinions on when machines will outperform humans doing a number of tasks. They addressed everything from an AI writing a New York Times bestselling book to jobs that will be entirely replaced by automation. Robert Deignan says that these scientists answers varied depending on how complicated the task is.

Many people have quite a bit of anxiety about automation. Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be eliminated in the next decade or less, a lot of workers feel. Robert Deignan says the best defense against automation is to make yourself indispensable to the company you are working for. The trick, he says, is to figure out how you can work with technology rather than oppose it.

He says things are going to take much longer than the general public expects when it comes to automation. The researchers concluded that it will take around 120 years for automation and AI to have a 50/50 chance of taking over all jobs currently occupied by humans. Robert Deignan says that he thinks the researchers are even overestimating this. They work in labs for the most part while a tech expert like him out in the real world sees it taking even longer.

So far machines can only beat humans in a small set of tasks. These are repetitive tasks or just very simple ones like sewing or inputting data. Robert Deignan says that more complex tasks, like operating a vehicle, are far more complicated by could be successfully accomplished by AI in the near future. Jobs that require intuition and extensive training are pretty safe, though.

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