Keep Calm and Carry On: Why Artificial Intelligence Is Not Going to Take Your Job

Keep Calm and Carry On: Why Artificial Intelligence Is Not Going to Take Your Job

By Andrew Witchger


“Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse”

“More than 70% of US fears robots taking over our lives, survey finds”



Headlines like theses seem to cover the front pages of major news publications on a daily basis, resulting in a pervasive fear about the increasing prominence of artificial intelligence. Are computers, robots, or some combination thereof going to rise up, overpower humanity, and take over the world?


Hardly. This fear is misplaced and, at its core, stems from a misunderstanding of how this technology actually works.


Artificial Intelligence is not unique intelligence. It can only make decisions, and subsequently act on them, using the parameters its programmers give. AI is taught to do one thing really well, and that’s the extent of its power.


Take Cogno-Solve, for example. In our specific application, Cogno-Solve puts power back in the hands of our medical and legal review professionals by allowing them to do what they were trained. Instead of being bogged down by paperwork, rummaging through a case file that is hundreds of pages in width looking for the determining information they need to issue a decision, our reviewers can focus on the issues at hand: does this appellant qualify for this service? Was this a sound and justifiable medical decision?


AI is not increasing unemployment rates. Rather, AI is increasing efficiency. AI can take over cumbersome tasks, such as searching a massive case file for a date or a prescription dosage, allowing professionals like our reviewers to focus their energy where it is most needed. Smarter technology mandates that you yourself get smarter. Fewer time outs means more time on the field, whether that’s practicing medicine, law, or something else entirely.


While AI-generated automation is certainly going to change the way we work, it’s entirely incorrect to assume that it’s going to eliminate the need for us to work altogether. If you can embrace AI and the positive changes it will bring to each and every field in the coming decades, you won’t be idly wondering how to fill your days until retirement.