A.I. and Big Data Could Power a New War on Poverty!

It is said that Artificial Intelligence might soon put millions of people out of work. It stands ready to do to administrative and office laborers throughout the following two decades what mechanization did to factory workers over the past two.
Even if A.I. threatens to put people out of work, it can simultaneously be used to match them with good middle-class jobs that are going unfilled. Today there are millions of such jobs in the United States. This is precisely the kind of matching problem at which A.I. excels.
A good example would be the education system. Schools and universities combine students in one room and utilize a similar technique for teaching. A.I. can enhance this situation, even within the context of a standardized curriculum, A.I. “tutors” can home in on and rectify every student’s weaknesses, adjust coursework to his or her learning style, while keeping the student engaged.
Similarly, A.I. can foresee where the employment opportunities of tomorrow will lie, and which skills are required for them. Moreover, Big Data would now be able to better predict which programs help certain individuals at a given time and to rapidly evaluate whether programs are having the desired effect.
Therefore, before we reject these new innovations as just accelerators of confusion and interruption, we should think about their capability to work further on evolving the society’s well-being.