Gallery: What are tech, business, and academic leaders saying about the explosive growth of AI?

​AI and automation: They're the future

Checkout kiosks, autonomous delivery robots, smart grocery stores, self-driving taxis, manufacturing tech ... we need to face it: Our future looks increasingly like one in which human labor is superfluous.

President Trump has repeatedly stated that he wants to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, but there may be a problem: The very jobs he wants to bring back are likely going to be done by machines within the next few years.

We're moving through a new phase of the industrial revolution and many leading business, tech, and scientific minds are sounding alarm bells to temper the unbridled optimism surrounding AI, machine learning, and automation.

Here's what they have to say.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.