Artificial Intelligence and Occupational Licensing

February 15th, 2012

I like this title for a paper I will try to write soon about advancements in artificial intelligence where decisions once reserved to the province of humans in a regulated field can now be performed equally well by robots. How will society change it’s point of view towards occupational licensing for these roles? Or more precisely, how will society’s refusal to change (due to protectionism, Ludditism, genuine concern, etc.) stifle the development of these technologies, which potentially could improve all of our lives? Further, even if these technologies can improve all of our lives, should it still be desirable for society to replace jobs historically reserved for regulated humans with robots?

There will be some interesting free speech, economic liberty, and general discussions of personhood in such a discussion.