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AI May Take Over 80% of IT Jobs, Tech Tycoon Says

Nov 21, 2016 06:11 AM EST

Computing pioneer Vinod Khosla is seeing a future where AI may potentially take over 80 percent of IT jobs. However, IT personnel are just the tip of the iceberg. Doctors, lawyers, and accountants are also in the growing list of "replaceable" jobs. 

Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures, asserted this during last week's Structure Conference in San Francisco. He backed up his claims by citing examples of companies already developing technology that could automate the industry.

Examples include Nutanix, which facilitates how computing infrastructure professionals may automate the handling of networks between servers. Start-ups like Mesosphere are also trying to simplify the job of installing and maintaining software on servers. 

According to Futurism, an AI may soon make its way to server rooms and data centers everywhere. He explained that automation can significantly lessen the costs of a sizable IT department, which is a potential investment for companies.

Predictions about AI taking over jobs has always been worrisome for others. However, he was quick to say that most of his audience are in the other 20 percent and not the 80-percent. This is because most people think AI can take over manual jobs like driving or manufacturing. However, his claims were surprising even to IT professionals, who are familiar with the trend. 

However, Khosla also said doctors, lawyers, and accountants may be part of the growing list of industries that can be automated by AI. True enough, the development can be "exciting" as machines doing what humans can is only seen in science fiction. Automating processes can also make the costs of labor surprisingly cheaper, which can be an economic benefit.

However, potential job losses cannot be simply involved. Policy makers and industry leaders may have to come up with solutions that can help the human worker and at the same time allow technological progress to follow its course.

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