Robots and AI at Work: The Prospects for Singularity

14 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2018

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Martin Upchurch

University of the West of England (UWE) - Bristol Business School

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

This paper seeks to address emerging debates and controversies on the impact of robots and artificial intelligence on the world of work. Longer term discussions of technological ‘singularity’ are considered alongside the socio‐technical and economic constraints on the application of robotics and AI. Evidence of robot ‘take‐up’ is gathered from reports of the International Federation of Robotics and from case vignettes reported elsewhere. In assessing the contemporary relationship between singularity, robotics and AI, the article reflects briefly on the two ‘tests’ of artificial ‘intelligence’ proposed by the pioneer computer scientist Alan Turing, and comments on the efficacy of his ‘tests’ in contemporary applications. The paper continues by examining aspects of public policy and concludes that technological singularity is far from imminent.

Keywords: Alan Turing, artificial intelligence (AI), computerisation, digitalisation, new technology, robots

Suggested Citation

Upchurch, Martin, Robots and AI at Work: The Prospects for Singularity (November 2018). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp. 205-218, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283253 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12124

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