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AI, Automation and Labour : Projected Outcomes on the Basis of the Current and Future Economic Climate Taylor, Rebekah; Padilla, Morning Star; Hilstob, Kayla


Advancements in AI technology can provide many potential benefits to society, but there are also many risks associated with the introduction of such technology into the labour force, and it is important to fully explore these impacts automation can have on the lives of working people, as well as society as a whole. In this report, we examine the impact of AI within the domain of labour, looking specifically at political-economic theory, the response of the technology industry, and related policy-making around education and a universal basic income (UBI), examining both the opportunities that may result from automation as well as potential issues. We conclude that the societal outcomes for the impact of AI technology on the labour force are dependant on the economic system in which it is situated, and in our current free-market society, AI technology will ultimately lead to a more precarious situation for vulnerable workers, and society as a whole. In order for humanity to fully reap the benefits of automated labour, capitalism must be replaced by another, more equitable system where human need, not profit, is the underlying motive for the employment of automation in our workforce

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