Harvard Business Review: “Technology Will Replace Many Doctors, Lawyers, and Other Professionals”


I’m not paranoid, these machines really are out to get me.


The claim that the professions are immune to displacement by technology is usually based on two assumptions: that computers are incapable of exercising judgment or being creative or empathetic, and that these capabilities are indispensable in the delivery of professional service. The first problem with this position is empirical. [The professions] do not in fact call for judgment, creativity, or empathy.

The second problem is conceptual. [Human] professionals are already being outgunned by a combination of brute processing power, big data, and remarkable algorithms.

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