I don't know about you but I've been a little overwhelmed about the power of artificial intelligence and the speed it's replacing jobs that can be automated. Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have recently stated that a basic salary should be paid to every citizen in America to make sure that people who have lost their jobs due to automation can keep on their feet and do whatever it is they've always wanted to do.
Elon Musk recently stated, "if labor can be replaced by a machine, what's the purpose of the job being fulfilled by a person?". What this means is that the arts, including photography, will and already is, one of the best industries to be in. Firstly because it will be hard for a machine to capture an image that contains the emotion needed to make it striking and meaningful. And secondly, being artistic or creative is essentially a human characteristic which enables us to solve problems and to create concepts to provoke thought.
I'm not saying machines can't do it, I'm just saying the solution it'll find will be based on what people have done in the past. Creativity is to think in a unique and different way. A bot is programmed, either to do the same thing over and over again, or to analyze raw data and come to a conclusion which, based on the past experiences, solves the problem. Therefore, I come to the conclusion that creativity is the differentiator between man and machine.
If you want to check whether your job is safe, go to Will Robots Take My Job to see if you, your friends and family are doing jobs that will be replaced in future. What I found weird was that it said photographers have a 2.1% chance of being replaced by automation, but models have a 98% chance of being replaced, so their industry is doomed. Does this mean the fashion photographer will have to diversify and shoot for a different industry or will they end up shooting holograms or model simulations? This doesn't quite sound like photography to me.
Here is a video of Elon Musk explaining how there will be fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better and the need for a universal basic income.
And here is Mark Zuckerberg calling for universal basic income too:
Wired just released a video explaining what will happen to manufacturing of products and the delivery of services and what can be expected in the near future.
Do you think we should all get a basic salary which can put food on the table when a bot takes your work? Do you think a robot can ever replace a photographer? With that said, to me photography is much more than just holding up a camera and taking the shot, but will that even matter when the companies in need of photos rather choose a bot to do it because it's more efficient or cheaper? It's a strange and very interesting time we're living in for sure.