There has been a lot of talk recently, and it has become heated and controversial about the ability of artificial intelligence to hijack human jobs. The controversy has surfaced again, and this time it was raised by the edx platform after it published a survey indicating that about half of CEOs believe that artificial intelligence can replace them.
However, what is striking is that 47% of CEOs believed that replacing them with artificial intelligence is a good thing. However, technical experts believe that artificial intelligence can perform routine tasks on behalf of CEOs, stressing that despite the efficiency of artificial intelligence in accomplishing many tasks, it It is difficult to be a substitute for CEOs in matters related to critical thinking, creativity, working within a team and inspiring employees.
47% of workers are not qualified
Technical experts considered that the shift towards integrating artificial intelligence into the work environment faces difficulties, given that 47% of workers are not qualified or have not been prepared for the future of work, according to the survey.
On the other hand, CEOs are trying to hire people with artificial intelligence skills, which is not an easy matter in light of the survey results, as 87% find it difficult to find suitable employees with the required technology skills.
This may not seem surprising, as only 24% of employees acquire artificial intelligence skills within the framework of their jobs.
Observers believe that these results give a clearer picture of managers’ future outlook on adopting the concepts and standards of artificial intelligence and even adopting its techniques, so the most prominent question remains perhaps the possibility of expanding its application at the global level.
On the other hand, a United Nations study reported last month that artificial intelligence is more likely to enhance jobs than destroy them, in light of growing concern about the potential impact of the technology.
The launch of the “Chat GBT” platform for generative artificial intelligence, which is capable of dealing with complex tasks based on commands, was considered a watershed moment in the field of technology, heralding potentially radical transformations in the workplace.
But a new study issued by the United Nations International Labor Organization, which examined the potential impact of this and other platforms on the quantity and quality of jobs, indicates that most jobs and sectors are only partially exposed to automation.
Most of them, she said, “will likely complement, not replace, the latest wave of generative artificial intelligence, such as GBT chat.”
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Jobs held by women will be more affected
She added, “Therefore, the greatest impact of this technology will likely not be the destruction of jobs, but rather the introduction of potential changes to the quality of work, especially work intensity and spontaneity.”
The study indicated that the impact of technology will vary greatly according to professions and regions, while warning that jobs held by women will be more affected than those held by men.
It concluded that office work will be the most exposed to technology, as approximately a quarter of the tasks will be highly exposed and more than half of them will be moderately exposed.
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For other job groups, including those held by managers and technical experts, a small group of tasks will be highly exposed to technology and about a quarter to a moderate extent, according to the organization.
At the same time, the analysis noted that high-income countries will face the greatest impacts of automation due to the large share of white-collar and semi-professional jobs in the job distribution.
The study found that 5.5% of total employment in high-income countries is vulnerable to the consequences of automation resulting from generative AI, compared to 0.4% in low-income countries.
In addition, the study found that employment potentially affected by automation is twice as high for women compared to men, given the large presence of women in office work, especially in high- and middle-income countries.
While the report showed significant variations in the potential impact of AI-induced job losses between rich and poorer countries, it concluded that the likelihood of them being enhanced is about equal across countries.
The organization stated that this indicates that “with the right policies in place, this new wave of technological transformation can offer important advantages to developing countries.”
But she cautioned that while augmentation could signal positive developments such as the automation of routine tasks to free up more time for more enjoyable work, “it can also be implemented in a way that… speeds up the intensity of work.”
The report stated that, therefore, countries must develop policies to support an “orderly and equitable” transition, stressing that “the outcomes of the transition in technology are not predetermined.”