Peter Thiel Predicts AI Will Disrupt Jobs, Favoring Verbal Skills Over Math

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In a recent talk show appearance, PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel expressed his concerns about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the job market, particularly for those in math-intensive roles. Thiel suggested that individuals with strong verbal skills may find more opportunities as AI continues to evolve.

Peter Thiel on AI: 'Going to Be Much Worse for Math People'
Peter Thiel on AI: 'Going to Be Much Worse for Math People'

In a recent talk show appearance, PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel expressed his concerns about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the job market, particularly for those in math-intensive roles. Thiel suggested that individuals with strong verbal skills may find more opportunities as AI continues to evolve.

“It’s going to be much worse for math people than word people,” Thiel stated. He highlighted predictions that AI could soon solve all the problems posed in the US Math Olympiad within the next three to five years. This, according to Thiel, would significantly shift the job landscape.

Thiel criticized the current bias in Silicon Valley, which he believes favors those with mathematical skills excessively. He argued that this bias lacks a clear rationale, making it “deeply unstable” and likely to worsen.

“People who are going for medical schools are weeded out through physics and calculus,” Thiel noted. “I am not sure if that is really correlated with dexterity in neurosurgery.”

Thiel also drew parallels to past technological advancements. He shared his experience of valuing chess skills, only to see them overshadowed by computers after IBM’s Deep Blue defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Thiel suggested that a similar fate might await mathematical skills, leading to a long-overdue rebalance in society.

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