It is clear that technology has developed and continues to develop at a rapid pace. However the threat of artificial intelligence to white collar jobs, such as lawyers and doctors, is somewhat exaggerated.
It seems highly unlikely that in the near future, we will see robots presiding over a case, weighing the considerations on both sides of an argument to reach a reasoned decision. How can a machine make a judgement call on a case-by-case basis, where sometimes even the human brain is unable to find the right answer in the first instance?
Yes, technology is advancing and the role it plays in society will increase. Basic and repetitive tasks like sifting through documents will surely be passed onto machines due to efficiency. However, it is highly doubtful that it will threaten jobs where reason, analysis and judgement is needed.
Millions of doctors, lawyers and other white collar workers face being left on the scrapheap as advances in artificial intelligence trigger “terrifying changes” in the jobs market, experts have warned. Andrew Moore, Dean of the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, said machines were already performing many “boring tasks of white collar work”, with computers able to sift through millions of legal documents to help lawyers prepare for cases. “One by one you are going to see that things we thought would require our own personal ingenuity can be automated," he told a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.