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Why AI Will Not Abolish Work

Work will not disappear because of the introduction of artificial intelligence. But without new ways of fairly distributing paid and unpaid work, AI and other new technologies could bring about a highly divided world.

VIENNA – The diffusion of artificial intelligence (AI) across the economy has raised the possibility – and for many, the fear – that machines will eventually replace human work. They will not only perform an ever-larger share of mechanical operations, as we have been observing since the first Industrial Revolution, but will also coordinate work by establishing direct communication among machines (the so-called Internet of Things).