Roger Bickerstaff, of law firm Bird & Bird, said there were now “risks” to white collar jobs, which had previously appeared “immune” to technology advances.
Speaking on Channel 4, Mr Bickerstaff suggested in a half a decade, artificial intelligence could start taking top jobs.
He said: “We see risks coming through into the white collar jobs, the professional jobs.
Roger Bickerstaff said AI could replace professional jobs within "five years' time"
I could be out of a job in five years’ time
“We’re already seeing artificial intelligence solutions being used in healthcare, in legal services and so those jobs which have been relatively immune to industrialisation so far, they’re not immune anymore.
“So people like myself, as a lawyer, I would hope I won’t be, but I could be out of a job in five years time.”
While the rise of AI now seems inevitable, scientists’ understanding of it still has gaps, and some believe the machines are now learning too fast to be controlled.
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The quest for highly evolved AI has been met with both excitement and skepticism with some believing that computer programming can only benefit us.
But others, including Stephen Hawking, believe the development of AI, which is more powerful than the human brain, could lead to humanity’s demise.
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The pinnacle of AI is a development called ‘deep learning’, which is where machines learn for themselves and can improve themselves as a result.