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10 Ways AI Will Alter the Future of Work

No matter what industry you're in, artificial intelligence is likely to affect your job. Here's how.
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As artificial intelligence invades more and more aspects of our lives, one of the big questions on everyone’s mind is how it will affect our jobs. Will we eventually enjoy the luxury of working just a few hours a week while bots handle all the most disagreeable chores for us? Or will AI systems take all the good jobs, leaving human beings in a permanent underclass?

It’s a serious question.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) report on The Future of Jobs 2018, machines currently handle about 29% of tasks across the 12 industries studied. By 2022, 42% of all tasks and 62% of data processing and search likely will be handled by machines and algorithms. That’s a dramatic shift over just four years, and it could have a very noticeable impact on day-to-day work activities.

A separate study from LinkedIn found that AI is already having an impact on the business world. For starters, more people are adding AI skills to their resumes. LinkedIn found that the number of people listing AI skills on their profiles has climbed 190% since 2015. In addition, the professional social networking site found that jobs that are easy to automate — jobs like administrative assistant, customer service representative, accountant and electrical/mechanical technician — have seen the biggest declines over the last five years.

A third study, Cognitive Diversity: AI and the Future of Work, conducted by vendor Tata Communications and Ken Goldberg, professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, delved deeper into the issue by surveying 120 global business executives. It asked these thought leaders, many of whom are directly involved in integrating AI into the workplace, how they believe the technology is going to change the way business gets done.

For these leaders, the key question was not whether machines would take over for humans but how AI and humans would work together in new ways. The following slides provide more detail on how business executives believe AI will transform the future of work.

Image: Pixabay
Image: Pixabay

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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