About 15 years ago, maybe 25, I spoke with a bunch of Edinburgh University computer science students and asked what they were studying. AI, to a man. I burst out laughing because they didn't see a problem with this, even career wise. Nobody on databases? Nobody on processor optimisation? No language developers?
They think it is cooler than other specialities and will pay off big time any time soon. And those things are true for a very few of them, eventually.
A girl at a gig asked me what I did once, and was obviously contemptuous. "So you make the world go a little bit faster?"
"Not just that, more importantly I make a lot of low skilled people unemployed."
Next time a girl asked me, "I don't do anything, I never did nothing."