Automation is coming.

It is affecting nearly all industries.

And it would be stupid to ignore it.

But aren’t we taking the frenzy a tad too far?


This article is a bit messy – I have tried my best to give it a decent shape – but if we are to be honnest, it needs some serious re-writing – which I  will probably do – but I wanted to get this out now anyway – so take it as a work in progress with maybe a few unfinished thoughts / sentence here and there…)

Human Need Not Apply

(Watch this one if you haven’t!)


AI will replace the human race

If we are to believe headlines :

AI will replace HR (MIT Tech Review)

AI will replace project managers (LPMO)

AI will replace the customer services (The Telegraph)

AI will replace CEO (Jack MA, Alibaba founder)


So basically, it sounds like the only one that AI will not replace are the customers (unless for B2B I guess… I mean if all the companies are made of AI employees and AI boss, then who run the purchasing department…)

And actually if we are to belive Elon Musk, Tesla CEO artificial intelligence poses an “existential threat” to human civilization. (NPR)

So, while we can clearly invision AI create serious redundancies in some industries – like for instance in logistics with s_elf-driving trucks_ or containers management system like Amazon is using, but like many ports around the world as well – to claim AI will take over humanity like Elon Musk is kind of trying to say – is a bit far fetched.


Fear is a tool to influence public opinion

Actually, if we were to believe everything that is published, every working person will be a bot, no job is safe and we will all end up unemployed and therefore we have to introduce Universal Basic Income as a solution because we cannot work with each other anymore – all job have been taken – so now – your job is to be a customer – so here is your check and go buy what the AI has produced for you.


ok maybe I am over dramatizing the situation but honnestly, if you read what is being published, this is exactly the kind of future the press is  sort of painting for us.

The mantra seems to be:

All job will be replaced, therefore there will be mass unemployement, therefore we have to subsidize your existence to keep the economy going (i.e. so you can keep being a customer to a system that has replaced you).


Let’s pause to think for a moment

First, if machines can do these jobs for us, great, why not after all…

I mean – why would it be a bad thing inherently to have better means of production, cheaper and more efficient?

That would probably limit the amount of accidents in the workplace – especially in jobs like logistics.

So yeah, it will generate unemployement.

Well, clearly we will have the reassess a few things.

Seems like carreer management and personal developpment will be booming.

Some says these people cannot find a job elsewhere.


I dunno.


Why do we go to work on the first place?

Why do we need these specific jobs?

What will we do with our lives if most of todays’ jobs are gone? (Which is a much more frightening questions that I don’t think is discussed very often)

If this is such a bad thing, why did we introduced AI on the first place?

And it is good, why is everybody so worried?


I think we should consider a couple of things.

  1. Let’s make the difference between a “job” and “work”
  2. Let’s try to see what still make us human once machines are doing everything for us

Job vs Work