Artificial intelligence ‘will let us work four-day week’, claims job expert

Artificial intelligence will allow us to work a four-day week, claims a job expert.

Sir Christopher Pissarides said technology such as ChatGPT could boost productivity and save humans having to do boring jobs.

The Nobel Prize-winning economist insisted: “We could move to a four-day week easily.’’

Pissarides, who led a review on the effects of automation on jobs, suggested AI’s impact could be positive – though some fear it could trigger widespread redundancies.

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A recent Goldman Sachs report estimated 300million jobs worldwide could be at risk. And Sam Altman, head of ChatGPT developer OpenAI, admitted he is “a little bit scared” that the technology could replace jobs too fast.

He said: "I think over a couple of generations humanity has proven that it can adapt wonderfully to major technological shifts. But if this happens in a single-digit number of years… that is the part I worry about the most.''

In a recent blog he suggested within five years thinking computer programs will be able to read legal documents and give medical advice.

Within a decade AI will be able to operate an assembly line and become a companion.

"In the decades after that they will do almost everything including making new scientific discoveries that will expand our concept of 'everything','' he added.

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He predicted AI will remove the drudgery of dull jobs and free up workers for leisure. Some IT experts – including Twitter chief Elon Musk – want AI development pausing until rules have been brought in ensuring it is used positively.

Earlier this week we told how a chatbot left tech expert Kevin Roose, 36, 'frightened' after it fell in love with him and tried to convince him to leave his wife.

Last week multi-billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 67, urged governments to take control of robot development to stop 'malign' forces deploying them to rule the world.

Equally unchecked super-intelligent machines could 'run out of control' and decide for themselves that 'humans are a threat', he said.

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Movie director James Cameron fears robots could kill off mankind and may already have taken over the world. In his Terminator movie series the Skynet computer network – designed as a defence system – turns on its human masters leading to a futuristic war between robots and mankind.

Cameron, 68, said he was "pretty concerned about the potential of misuse of AI."

"I think it could also literally be the end of the world,'' he said.

"The point is that no technology has ever not been weaponised.AI could have taken over the world and already be manipulating it but we just don't know because it would have total control over all the media and everything.''


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