On Thursday, in the Q&A meeting at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, restating the latest announcements from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Huang claimed that AI will perform the “mundane” tasks that humans are not happy to perform and eventually open the way for a shorter working week.
“There was a time when we worked seven days a week, and then the agricultural revolution came along, and now we all work five days a week,” Huang said. “It’s very likely this will change to four days. And I think that’s a fine thing – we can spend more time reading, enjoy life, and play video games.”
No doubt a four-day working week – which according to TUC is likely to be introduced “this century” – would be greeted by us lazy souls, but there would be probably some new challenges that will come along this journey. Even though Huang is of the opinion that technologies such as robotics and automation are inevitable and will greatly help the human personnel, he noticed that there will “surely” be destruction of jobs with further advancement in these technologies. Huang Said:
“The world needs almost twice as many truck drivers, almost twice as many farmers, and we need probably 10 times as many construction workers; three professions which young people don’t enjoy,”. “These are fundamental industries that need acceleration or need automation.
“Of course, some people also say that there are some industries that will lose jobs, and I surely believe that too.”
But, on the bright side, Huang sees that AI will surely bring in new jobs, and some of them will be of new kind.
“These new types of jobs might be related to us teaching computers how to do mundane work we don’t want to do,” he predicted. “We just don’t know exactly how jobs will change yet.”
Huang, as a Tesla driver, hopes to experience some of the great changes in the automotive industry because of new technologies; he believes that “literally everything that moves”, including “trucks buses and shuttles” will eventually become self-directed.