The Artificial Intelligence Contagion: Can Democracy Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work, Wealth and the Social Order? by David BarnhizerThe Artificial Intelligence Contagion: Can Democracy Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work, Wealth and the Social Order? by David Barnhizer

The Artificial Intelligence Contagion: Can Democracy Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work…

byDavid Barnhizer

Paperback | July 20, 2019

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Examines how AI/Robotics is overwhelming the fundamental institutions of Western society. But are we prepared for the social impact of the vast changes soon to be upon us? . Half the world's workers could be replaced by machines within the next 30 years. The McKinsey Global Institute and Oxford University researchers predict massive job loss with 47% to 50% of US jobs eliminated by 2030 and up to 800 million more jobs destroyed worldwide. . Nor will the AI/robotics transformation produce large numbers of replacement jobs. The AI/robotics systems are already being designed to do those.No area of work is sacrosanct. Work opportunities are being eliminated from the most "intellectual" activities down to the basic areas of services and labor, including a range of professional occupations heretofore thought of as distinctly human: in middle management, finance, banking, insurance, medicine, high-tech, transportation, law and even the arts. Worse, it is playing out in the context of a set of critical issues. . Birth rates are plummeting below replacement levels in economically developed nations. People are living to ages wellbeyond historical averages. . At least fifty percent of Americans have little or nothing saved for retirement. . Poor and uneducated migrants are coming into Western nations at a time when the agricultural, construction and home care jobs migrants have traditionally filled are being increasingly replaced by robotic workers. . An already bankrupt US government is projected to experience annual deficits above $1 trillion for at least the next ten years. The US national debt is officially admitted to be $21 trillion, but is actually closer to $65 trillion dollars according to a former US Comptroller General.As AI/robotics eliminates jobs across the spectrum, governmental revenues will plummet while the debt increases dramatically. This crisis of limited resources on all levels-underfunded or non-existent pensions, health problems, lack of savings, and job destruction-will drive many into homelessness and produce a dramatic rise in violence . All this will take place in an environment of increased AI-facilitated surveillance by governments, aggressive militarization using AI systems and autonomous weapons, and the degradation of of the world;s economic and political order. The final nine chapters of CONTAGION offer possible solutions.
Title:The Artificial Intelligence Contagion: Can Democracy Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work…Format:PaperbackDimensions:435 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:July 20, 2019Publisher:CLARITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Chapter 1, Society Under SiegeWith the combination of Artificial Intelligence and robotics (AI/robotics) humans have opened a "Pandora's Box" and are incapable of undoing the ills that are being released, with morecoming seemingly by the day. The joining of Artificial Intelligenceand robotic systems that are increasingly capable of acting moreeffectively than us in a wide range of work, surveillance, andinformation detection and management situations is the primarydriver of a shift that is tearing our fracturing societies furtherapart. Our political leaders have an extremely limited understanding ofwhat is occurring with Artificial Intelligence and robotics, in termsof the elimination of massive numbers of jobs, and the potentiallydevastating impacts of these developments on the United States,Western Europe, Russia, China and Japan. Bill Gross, of JanusCapital, has warned: "No one in 2016 is really addressing thefuture as we are likely to experience it." He explains: "thecurrent crop of national leaders is hopelessly behind this curve..Our economy has changed, but voters and their electedrepresentatives don't seem to know what's really wrong." Artificial Intelligence applications and robotics are taking over ourculture, altering how we behave and even who we are asaddictions grow and our dependence on AI/robotics systemsexpands exponentially. Examples of our dependence are easy tofind. We are often required to pass tests for on-line access tovarious websites by answering the question "Are you a robot?"accompanied by numbers or specially constructed picturesdesigned to prove that we are flesh and blood humans to the AIapplication controlling the site. In the US we are flooded bybillions of continuous "robocalls" and telephonic and e-mail scamsmade to seem as if a human is calling to the point that many do notanswer their landline or discontinue service entirely.Such things seem trivial or irritating but, when we think moredeeply about what they portend, it demonstrates the penetrationof AI/robotics into much of what we do, our heighteneddependence on such systems, and the fact that it is becomingincreasingly difficult to differentiate human from AI. Penetration,dependence and the difficulty of differentiation are developingrapidly. Recent reports on video and virtual reality technologyindicate they are reaching a stage at which false images can becreated that are impossible to distinguish from reality.