While the looming rise of artificial intelligence may not be as dramatic as it seems, it will still have an impact on our workforce.
Artificial intelligence is becoming more relevant to our daily lives. While it might seem to be looming and ready to replace us, this is not necessarily true.
AI will have an impact on our workforce. This is inarguable.
Will we lose our jobs? It’s unlikely, in the long run. Workers in more labour-intensive or monotonous jobs will likely be unskilled.
So, what will the workforce become when AI ‘takes over’?
An integrated workplace
It’s not exactly a lie: AI will take our jobs.
1.8 million of them, in fact (according to Gartner.)
However, it will also create an estimated 2.3 million jobs to replace those lost and increase the current workforce.
So, what will we be doing?
Upskilling and reorganizing
The simple answer is that we will do what AI can’t.
You might think of some kind of incredibly intelligent robot assistant when the phrase ‘artificial intelligence;’ comes up. In reality, AI is nowhere near that stage. It isn’t self-aware or does not (currently) have the ability to, you know, plot against us.
Instead, AI refers to a group of technologies that express machine intelligence. They essentially makes knowledge-based analysis with the ability to self-correct.
People will not longer be required to do the jobs that artificial intelligence is capable of. Instead, we will adopt more problem solving-based managerial positions. In its current state, AI could not make the human-based, logical decisions that managerial positions demand.
This will also allow for more safety in industry: artificial intelligence and automated machines can do the dangerous, exhausting and monotonous jobs.
AI will increase overall productivity
The technology could, in fact, optimize productivity and save costs in the long and short term. This would mean many industries benefitting financially from implementing innovative and new technologies.
AI will eventually integrate with other nascent technologies such as blockchain, IoT and automation to ensure a safer, more productive and more affordable workforce.
This will allow us to spend our time on other more thought-intensive jobs.
It is unlikely that AI will destroy the workforce and cause mass unemployment. In fact, it will likely create more employment, and increase the productivity of both consumer and business.
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