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Japanese Companies Are Replacing Human Workers With Artificial Intelligence

Last month, a White House report warned that although automation has the potential to boost living standards, it can also disrupt millions of jobs. Some Japanese companies are showing, what that future could look like.

One Japanese insurance company, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, is reportedly replacing 34 human insurance claim workers with “IBM Watson Explorer,” starting by this month. The AI will scan hospital records and other documents to determine insurance payouts, according to a company press release, factoring injuries, patient medical histories, and procedures administered. Automation of these research and data gathering tasks will help the remaining human workers process the final payout faster, the release says.

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