On the subject of AI’s potential impact on jobs, Socher said the view that algorithms would make all jobs redundant overnight was “unrealistic.”
“What I think we will see is like, there’s certain kinds of jobs that have more potential for automation, and there’re others you know that will have less,” he said. “As you work through that spectrum, you basically have to think about all the people that are impacted by it. And then I think it’s a combination of both companies, as well as governments, to try to help those people.”
Asked about where he though AI was headed, Socher said he was “very optimistic” in the long-term but less so in the short-term, acknowledging the challenges and concerns stated above.
To illustrate this, Socher said that in the early days of the internet, “zero experts” predicted that there would be social media, or even a Twitter marketing manager position.
“Nobody could predict that from the early internet, and AI will have an even bigger impact on productivity, and so on, than the internet,” he said.
“A hundred years from now, I have no worries that people will find new kinds of jobs, in like travel and … fun extreme sports and doing YouTube videos,” Socher said.