…pears poised to cut back on spending for many kinds of training and workplace safety nets. In fact, on Mar. 24, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin startled many in the technology community — and beyond — by saying he didn’t think there was any urgency to develop policies in anticipation of AI and machine learning. Speaking at a conference organized by Axios, he said he was “not at all” worried about job displacement and that the timeline for such disruption is in the distant future — 50 or 100 years away.
This paraphrase would appear to be from someone setting at the end of a cheap bar knocking back beers for a living. I would say that this type of nonsense needs to be identified as such.
While establishing a timeline for job loss to automation is difficult, by the most conservative standard it would be significant in the next ten years. And by significant I meaning affecting perhaps 5% of the workforce. The automation of trucks is the most likely area of impact and that represents the single largest area of basic employment. The person making the statement cited needs to be removed from any position of authority. I, along with many others in the IT world, expect this to be much faster. Retraining and preparation to support thousands of affected workers is not a waste of money.
Please don’t allow this type of incompetence to slide by unchallenged.