Will an AI take YOUR job? Expert reveals the most at risk careers

Half of current jobs will be taken over by AI within 15 years, China's leading AI expert has warned.

Kai-Fu Lee, the author of bestselling book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, told Dailymail.com the world of employments was facing a crisis 'akin to that faced by farmers during the industrial revolution.'

'People aren't really fully aware of the effect AI will have on their jobs,' he said.

Kai-Fu Lee, the author of AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, told Dailymail.com the world of employments was facing a crisis 'akin to that faced by farmers during the industrial revolution.'

Kai-Fu Lee, the author of AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, told Dailymail.com the world of employments was facing a crisis 'akin to that faced by farmers during the industrial revolution.'

THE TEN MOST ENDANGERED JOBS FROM AI
Telemarketer / telesales Customer support  Warehouse workers Clerks and operational staff  Telephone operators  Teller/cashier  Fast food workers  Dish washers  Assembly line inspector  Couriers 

Lee, who is a VC in China and once headed up Google in the region, has over 30 years of experience in AI.

He believe it is imperative to 'warn people there is displacement coming, and to tell them how they can start retraining.'

Luckily, he said all is not lost for humanity.

 'AI is powerful and adaptable, but it can't do everything that humans do.' 

Lee believe AI cannot create, conceptualize, or do complex strategic planning, or undertake complex work that requires precise hand-eye coordination.

He also says it is poor at dealing with unknown and unstructured spaces.

Crucially, he says AI cannot interact with humans 'exactly like humans', with empathy, human-human connection, and compassion.

Psychiatrists, social workers and marriage counselors are unlikely to lose their jobs, along with nurses, AI researchers and scientists, he believes. 

However, some jobs will disappear- and quickly. 

Most at risk are telemarketers and telesales people, Lee said, pointing to Google's controversial AI bot system that can fool humans as an example of the future. 

'You've probably already received robo-calls, but future calls will be more natural,' he says. 

'AI can use customer profiles, past purchases, and emotional recognition to find ways to appeal to them - even using a soothing female voice or a persuasive male voice.' 

Lee also said customer support, warehouse workers and  telephone operators are at risk.

The key to jobs in the future will be empathy, he said. 

JOBS AN AI CAN AND CAN'T DO 

 THE JOBS AI WILL TAKE OVER FIRST

Sales and Marketing Research  Insurance adjuster   Security guards  Truck drivers  Consumer loan underwriter   Financial and sports journalists   Bookkeepers & Financial Analysts  Fruit pickers  Investment professionals  Radiologist 

 JOBS AN AI WON'T BE ABLE TO DO

Psychiatrists  Therapists   Medical caregivers  AI researchers and engineers  Fiction writers 

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