Artificial Intelligence Can’t Do Work Like this: Hands and Minds Required

Perhaps you share my concern that artificial intelligence (AI) may be taking us to a future that has no need for people who work with their hands. I’d like your help in identifying folks who build things that require dexterity, creativity, hand-eye coordination and plenty of strength and love of their work. I’m planning a photo essay similar to my project published last year in the Boston Globe about instrument makers. You can help! Just PM me with referrals to folks who work in this area as inventors, scientists, white collar or blue. I’m just not looking for photographs of people glued to screens. Check out the gallery here for inspiration. Thanks! And, please share with friends.

House fire in Bensonhurst Brooklyn 1978

Highway repair on the interstate, Massachusetts

Offloading the day’s catch. Gloucester, MA

Ironworkers, Boston, MA

Shipyard workers at a drydock in Boston harbor

Skyscraper construction site, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Workers repair weatherproofing on office building in Wakefield, MA while suspended on ropes anchored to the top of the building

Ironworker welds steel girders on building in Wakefield, MA

Fishing boat on the 85 ton Travelift at the Gloucester Marine Railways, guded by shipyard worker.

Servicing the propeller on a fishing boat at the Gloucester Marine Railways.

Gen Sato is replacing the “bass bar”: an internal piece of each instrument.

Violin Making & repair Department Head Roman Barnas at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, refinishes an older violin

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