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Over the last 250 years we have seen technology advance at an amazing rate. You think of someone who lived 250 years ago, say Benjamin Franklin, and the amount of technology they had at their disposal compared to what we have. Now, the interesting thing is that even though we've built so many amazing devices, we haven't really obsoleted anyone. Now, there are people who through misfortune of birth or life cannot be gainfully employed but the number of those people hasn't been rising over time as we get more and more technology. We aren't progressively leaving people behind in the sense that there are ever more people who are no longer able to do anything to add economic value.
I believe that AI isn't going to be any different. If anything, it's going to empower more people who in the past could not participate in the workforce to be able to. Through giving insights to those who are visually impaired, or allowing people with limited mobility to get around, or any of the other things that technology is able to do. Far from obsoleting humans in the workforce, technology is empowering even more people to be able to contribute.