What if AI took over all jobs?

I’m reading this Artificial Intelligence book right now, it’s called AI Super-Powers by Kai-Fu Lee. I’m about a quarter of the way through it, and it provokes some really interesting thoughts. Mostly, if AI is the electricity of the 21st century, and suddenly all jobs are taken by AI, what do human beings do? Kai-Fu Lee may answer this in the next 150 pages of the book, but before I get there, I thought I would take a stab at it.


Let’s say that all jobs are taken by some form of Artificial Intelligent life form: the chefs, the car workers, the farmers, the banks, the government. Everything as we know it with a 9 to 5 job is done for us. Which leads humans to a crisis of purpose and mission. The 8 hours in the day that used to be taken by your chosen purpose to support your life are all taken care of for you. What do humans do in the day?


Survival is no longer a struggle. Our hierarchy of needs evolves. All of our physical needs are met, all of our safety needs are met, which leads to our desire to connect and love and belong. The motors we use in our brain to survive will change. I believe this will lead to a more concentrated focus on self-discovery, exploration, and imagination.


Maslow's Hierarchy of needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of needs

People have always proposed the question, “Does Science Fiction drive innovation or the reverse.” We are hitting a period in time when these concepts are colliding and I would argue the imagination is losing to innovation. We are a connected planet and now ideas flow faster than ever, which is decreasing the desire for imagination, because it is all here now… but the things that humans can do, that AI can’t… is imagine and create things that have never been created.


This leads me to believe that as Artificial Intelligence steals everyones jobs… we get to create. There will be a revolution of art, and experiences. We will explore more than ever. It will be like Dune meets Star Trek.


The engineer owned the last 20 years. The day-dreamer owns the next 100.


This is a long way of saying, I think my day-dreaming in school was actually a good habit. I will still be relevant in the new world where creators and imaginers are at the top of the ultimate hierarchy of AI.


Now, there is always the chance, that we are creating the thing that kills us all. But wouldn’t it be more awesome if we created something that made us better, as we usually do.

By Adam Draper

I ponder as a VC.

It's a quick one minute read to make you think, smile, or laugh.

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