Will AI automate human jobs, and — if so — which jobs and when? “Like much of the recent research, we find significant potential for AI to automate tasks,” Thompson told TechCrunch in an email interview. In conducting this study, the researchers surveyed workers to understand what an AI system would have to accomplish, task-wise, to fully replace their jobs. maintaining an AI system) that didn’t exist before. For AI researchers and developers, this work points to the importance of decreasing the costs of AI deployments and of increasing the scope of how they can be deployed.