The strike by film and television writers that began on May 2 is relevant to our lives for far more than just the fate of our favorite shows. It is an important test of whether — and how — workers can get fairly paid as artificial intelligence and other technology alters their jobs.
More than 11,000 members of the Writers Guild of America felt compelled to go on strike because the jobs that they and their predecessors fought to make into solid middle-class careers with the potential for significantly higher pay have been undermined by streaming technologies. They now they fear AI could be used to reduce their compensation further. Because writers are one of the first groups of workers to bargain over AI, the results may have a big impact on the rest of us.
The above excerpt was originally published in MarketWatch.
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