Volume 54     Number 4    April 2017      Editor: Tara Behrend

From the Editor: Player Piano

Tara Behrend

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I’ve been thinking about automation and artificial intelligence lately. In the news this week, a marketing company called Cambridge Analytica is being credited with affecting the outcome of the presidential election, by using AI to target Facebook users based on their personalities and expose them to personalized advertising. Also in the news, swaths of high-skill, professional jobs like radiology technicians are being replaced by robots. Also, legislators are suggesting that universities are biased and that professors tell students what to think and that they should be replaced by Ken Burns documentaries. All of this makes me wonder: How long until I-O psychologists are automated out of our jobs? Is it really so crazy to think that day might not be so far away?