- June 6, 2019
Artificial Intelligence May Kill Top Computer Science Jobs
Artificial intelligence (AI) will kill top paying computer science and engineering jobs according to Mark Cuban, billionaire businessman, investor and a main ‘shark’ on Shark Tank. It may also eliminate the need for computer scientist degrees entirely according to him.
If this is the case, it is very problematic. According to Glassdoor for the past four straight years computer scientist, research and development (R&D), information technology (IT), engineering and technical jobs have been among the highest salaried positions. Job openings in these fields boast a median base annual salary of $108,000!
I personally disagree with Mr. Cuban. I cited historical precedents in our economy and job market, which contradicted his opinion during a recent interview. The show, hosted by Rob Hart, aired on CBS Radio affiliate WBBM News Radio 780 this past Thursday, May 30, 2019. Please click here to listen to my segment in its entirety.
Below are the questions Rob asked me as well as my responses in italics. I hope you enjoy this.
(Rob) Coming up next on Technology Thursday, gauging the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of people’s work lives. This afternoon we are exploring how artificial intelligence is changing the workplace. How is artificial intelligence going to change the office space in the next 5 to 10 years? How many cubicles are going to be empty due to employees being replaced by an AI program?
(Myself) Rob, that’s going to be hard to tell exactly, but one caveat to keep in mind is technology historically changes everything. The horse and buggy was replaced by the steam engine. Dedicated typewriters and word processors were replaced by word processing software programs on the personal computer. So the definite thing is there is going to be change.
What (exactly) that change (will be) is hard to exactly predict. However, some of the technological changes are already occurring including artificial intelligence programs evaluating people and doing data analysis. So there is a plethora of opportunities for change as more and more AI engineering, scientific, R&D, IT and technical breakthroughs permeate the workplace.
(Rob) Mark Cuban on a podcast said that the proliferation of artificial intelligence will reduce the value of the computer science degree and put particular value on creativity in the workplace. Do you agree with that assessment?
(Myself) I don’t totally agree with that. I’m a pretty big history buff and historically computer science in the early days was driven by machine code that drove the hardware. Then compilers or translators were developed that made software languages like C++ and Java more prevalent today.
So it is common that change is going to happen. But I don’t totally agree that computer science degrees or computer engineering jobs are going to be totally eliminated. Instead, I say that the (computer science and engineering) field is going to change. Also, one other thing that Mark Cuban said, and I think it could be true, is he predicted that the first trillion-dollar cap company will be AI driven.
(Rob) We talk about artificial intelligence, with my first question about AI possibly replacing employees, perhaps maybe the actual application of AI won’t be as dire. It will simply enhance or just become a part of the workplace experience and not necessarily replace any workers.
(Myself) As I mentioned earlier, history shows that as technology proliferates, as it did with the horse and buggy being replaced by the steam engine. Jobs get eliminated. This is a natural phenomenon, but new jobs are (also) created.
I’m constantly recruiting AI experts out of Carnegie Melon and top research labs as employers staffing demands increase. So jobs will be eliminated, that’s a natural phenomenon. However, new jobs will be created. That’s what I envision in the future.
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