AI: The Job Terminator or The Ultimate Job Creator?

The Atlas Lyons Club
2 min readMay 16


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Today we’re journeying into the fascinating yet slightly intimidating world of artificial intelligence (AI). No, we’re not talking about the AI that’s going to take over the world and force us to bow down to our robot overlords.

Well, not today anyway.

At its core, AI is a field of computer science dedicated to creating systems capable of performing tasks that usually require human intelligence.

We’re talking about things like understanding natural language (like your digital assistant’s uncanny ability to set a timer just as your pasta is about to boil over), recognizing patterns (as your music app magically suggests songs you didn’t know you’d love), and decision-making (like autonomous vehicles deciding to swerve or brake).

Sounds exciting, right? But there’s a plot twist. AI has the potential to both eliminate and create jobs, a point that has economists, futurists, and late-night ponderers tied up in knots.

Let’s start with the job terminator narrative. It’s no secret that AI and automation can perform some tasks faster and more accurately than humans. For instance, manufacturing jobs have been on a steady decline as machines replace human hands on assembly lines. Similarly, AI systems that can sift through legal documents or diagnose diseases from medical images could replace paralegals and radiologists.

But before you dust off that old ‘Robots Took My Job!’ placard, let’s flip the coin. AI also has the potential to create new jobs that we haven’t even imagined yet. Remember, before the internet, jobs like social media manager, app developer, and professional blogger didn’t exist.

Just as the invention of the car led to a host of new occupations (mechanics, driving instructors, traffic police), AI is likely to spur a whole new industry of jobs. We’re talking AI ethics officers, AI trainers, and data detectives.

Moreover, AI could free us from mundane tasks, giving us more time to focus on creative, strategic, and interpersonal aspects of work — you know, the stuff that makes work fulfilling (and keeps us from turning into office zombies).

Of course, this transformation won’t happen overnight, and it won’t always be smooth sailing. We’ll need to invest in education and retraining to equip people for the jobs of the future. And we’ll need to navigate tricky ethical and societal issues along the way.

So, is AI a job terminator or creator? The answer is a bit of both. But let’s not forget that we’re the ones in the driver’s seat. If history has taught us anything, it’s that humanity is pretty good at adapting. We just need to ensure that as we hurtle into this exciting AI-driven future, no one is left behind.