World Economic Forum: Will AI shape the future of employment?

At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, a crucial question looms large: Will AI reshape the future of employment? The discussions, drawing top academics, business leaders, and government representatives, are centered on the potential impact of generative AI on job markets.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman reassures that AI, in its current state, isn’t replacing jobs but enhancing productivity. It’s viewed more as a powerful tool that magnifies human capabilities, allowing people to perform their jobs better.

A PwC survey of over 4,700 CEOs reveals a split in perception. While 45 per cent believe their business models might not survive the rise of AI in the next decade, 60 per cent expect AI to make their companies more efficient, especially in tasks like email response, report analysis, and presentation drafting.

The International Monetary Fund predicts that up to 60 per cent of jobs in developed countries may be impacted by AI, with both high and low-skilled positions affected. While AI integration could enhance productivity for half of these jobs, the rest may see reduced labour demand, lower wages, and even job disappearance.

The imperfection of generative AI tools means workers will need to be vigilant and well-trained to utilize them effectively. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger points out the need for AI models to become more accurate to truly benefit knowledge workers.

The discussions at Davos reflect a global concern about AI’s disruptive potential. While some, like Bill Gates, see AI as a path to greater productivity and reduced work hours, others, including the United Nations Secretary-General, warn of the technology’s social and human rights implications.

The conversations at Davos highlight the transformative potential of AI, as well as the need for careful consideration of its broader impact on employment and society.

Sources include: The Register

Jim Love
Jim Love
I've been in IT and business for over 30 years. I worked my way up, literally from the mail room and I've done every job from mail clerk to CEO. Today I'm CIO and Chief Digital Officer of IT World Canada - Canada's leader in ICT publishing and digital marketing.

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