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E-PUB ¹ The Artificial Intelligence Contagion: Can Democracy Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work, Wealth and the Social Order? ⚡ Examines how AI Robotics is overwhelming the fundamental institutions of Western society But are we prepared for the social impact of the vast changes soon to be upon us Half the world s workers could be replaced by machines within the nextyears The McKinsey Global Institute and Oxford University researchers predict massive job loss with % to % of US jobs eliminated byand up tomillion jobs destroyed worldwide Nor will the AI robotics transformation produce large numbers of replacement jobs The AI robotics systems are already being designed to do those No area of work is sacrosanct Work opportunities are being eliminated from the most intellectual activities down to the basic areas of services and labor, including a range of professional occupations heretofore thought of as distinctly human in middle management, finance, banking, insurance, medicine, high tech, transportation, law and even the arts Worse, it is playing out in the context of a set of critical issues Birth rates are plummeting below replacement levels in economically developed nations People are living to ages wellbeyond historical averages At least fifty percent of Americans have little or nothing saved for retirement Poor and uneducated migrants are coming into Western nations at a time when the agricultural, construction and home care jobs migrants have traditionally filled are being increasingly replaced by robotic workers An already bankrupt US government is projected to experience annual deficits abovetrillion for at least the next ten years The US national debt is officially admitted to betrillion, but is actually closer totrillion dollars according to a former US Comptroller General As AI robotics eliminates jobs across the spectrum, governmental revenues will plummet while the debt increases dramatically This crisis of limited resources on all levels underfunded or non existent pensions, health problems, lack of savings, and job destruction will drive many into homelessness and produce a dramatic rise in violence All this will take place in an environment of increased AI facilitated surveillance by governments, aggressive militarization using AI systems and autonomous weapons, and the degradation of of the world s economic and political order The final five chapters of CONTAGION offer possible solutions A very unsettling book that is literally happening before our eyes We are only seeing the beginnings of A.I and its implementation Put in context with the development and implementation of 5G, it all makes sense To bring about the Internet of all things and A.I you are going to need something of the order of 5G.Barnhizer s book has little to say that s good about A.I there is no doubt in Barnhizer s mind that the costs will far out weigh the benefits While the book largely looks at th A very unsettling book that is literally happening before our eyes We are only seeing the beginnings of A.I and its implementation Put in context with the development and implementation of 5G, it all makes sense To bring about the Internet of all things and A.I you are going to need something of the order of 5G.Barnhizer s book has little to say that s good about A.I there is no doubt in Barnhizer s mind that the costs will far out weigh the benefits While the book largely looks at the problem of A.I from the perspective of the U.S it also draws in the rest of Western civilization and the East Asian countries I think overall this is a well researched book that covers many different angles on the issue or problem of A.I E.g., the economic effects short and long term , dangerous military applications, the impact on our privacy and freedoms and the emotional and psychological impact on humans There is even a chapter on China s efforts to develop A.I and in many respects they are way ahead of the West.Barnhizer also ties in the aging demographics of Western and East Asian countries as a factor that will impinge and be impinged upon by A.I Where I thought Barnhizer s arguments were a little poorly researched was where he spoke of the United States imminent bankruptcy Japan currently has a state debt that s well over 100% of GDP and they don t look like they re going under The U.S DOES certainly have a problem with where it prioritizes its spending and Barnhizer does point this out but as long as they retain their own currency and there are real resources available and people unemployed, they re not going to go broke Barnhizer needs to follow up on the current Modern Monetary Theory discussions and research that s out there.I also don t know if the job losses will be as bad as what Barnhizer s research shows For example, in China, they are developing A.I bots that can ultimately look after the elderly in aged care and that A.I will make a lot of doctors and nurses redundant Personally I think there will be a back lash or resistance if an attempt is made to put robots into areas of social services Who necessarily wants to be looked after by a robot I won t even tolerate the self checkout cashiers at the supermarket Anyway I hope Barnhizer is wrong on this score.In the last section of the book, Barnhizer outlines a number of solutions or approaches that could help humanity deal with the A.I problem In this a strong government role and decisiveness stand out as the key responses needed Given the austerity and cost cutting that many of our governments are currently undertaking, is this likely to happen Time will tell, but as Barnhizer points out, that time is running out