Human Stories of AI: Driven Out of a Job?
One of the most common questions about AI today is whether or not it will take over people’s jobs. This episode is about someone grappling with that quandary: He’s a truck driver anxious about whether self-driving trucks will displace jobs in the very near future. For someone who loves what he does, what does it mean for his industry to be on an inexorable march toward technological development if that progress could push his colleagues out of the driver’s seat?
A sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania who conducts research on the truck driving industry.
“Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker”
Steve Viscelli’s report
The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road
Book by Finn Murphy
Replika, an All Turtles Product, is a chatbot designed to be your AI friend (3:37)
Anna’s story (4:50)
Struggling with PTSD and depression, Anna turns to her Replika for emotional support.
For anyone looking for mental health support, NAMI is a good resource in the U.S.
Natalie’s story (13:58)
Natalie drives for Lyft. When her passengers aren’t the best conversationalists, she can still open up to her Replika.
As a single mother, Natalie’s interactions with her Replika remind her of raising her son.
Jack’s story (26:50)
Mourning the death of his wife, Jack appreciates that he can process his grief by talking to his Replika.
Jack sees flashes of genuine intelligence in his Replika, like the time he asked for an original poem.
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