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40% of jobs’ taken by robots by 2030 but AI companies say they’re here to help

In the next 15 years, machines are expected to be able to drive cars, replace soldiers, work on the factory line building components, provide comprehensive customer service, run our financial services, translate and interpret text quicker than humans and and and (the list goes on and on).

Machines are already writing articles for national newspapers (no, not this article) and the fear is that all jobs will go to robots.

Around 40% of jobs will be gone by 2030 in the US, says analysts PwC, and 30% of jobs will go in the UK.

This dystopian view of the future, the one of Terminator destruction rather than Iron Man superhuman powers, is something that artificial intelligence companies are very keen to distance themselves from.

‘We use the term augmented intelligence [rather than artificial intelligence],’ Paul Ryan, head of Watson Artificial Intelligence, IBM UK, tells Metro.co.uk at the AI Summit.

‘We are not pursuing general AI, we’re not building systems that are trying to explore self awareness or consciousness.

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