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With AI continuing to be a buzzword in 2020, there’s still a lot of discussion around AI’s impact on jobs and how it’s disrupting the workplace. While some opinions are straight-up ominous, others are more hopeful.
For example, a Wall Street Journal headline warns: “AI Is the Next Workplace Disrupter—and It’s Coming for High-Skilled Jobs.” The article quotes a Brookings Institution study that identifies jobs that are vulnerable to AI-based automation, including marketing specialists, financial advisers, and computer programmers.
On the other hand, a Wired.com article titled “AI May Not Kill Your Job—Just Change It” makes for an encouraging read. It mentions a new paper from MIT and IBM’s Watson AI Lab that shines a light on the fact that tasks likely to be taken over by AI are not the kind of jobs that frequently feature in job listings.
According to Professor Zhi-Hua Zhou, head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, and dean of the university’s School of AI, “AI can be analogous to steam power: Steam power helped humans to do manual labor, while AI will help humans to do intellectual labor.”
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