Thursday, June 4, 2020

Unmanned aircraft staffing shortage

Artificial intelligence may create new jobs.
Instead of humans competing with AI, they could focus on servicing and leveraging AI.

For example, the replacement of human pilots by drones has eliminated some jobs but created many new opportunities in maintenance, remote control, data analysis, and cybersecurity.

The U.S. armed forces need thirty people to operate every unmanned Predator or Reaper drone flying over Syria, while analyzing the resulting harvest of information occupies at least eighty people more.

In 2015 the U.S. Air Force lacked sufficient trained humans to fill all these positions, and therefore faced an ironic crisis in manning its unmanned aircraft.
Source: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

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