Published on October 31st, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
IBM: AI will Change Every Job and Increase Demand for Creative Skills
Are you affected by artificial intelligence? Yes, you are whether you realize it or not. Chris O’Brien shares an IBM report at VentureBeat on the impact AI is having on the overall job market and there are no surprises. AI is taking over mundane, repetitive jobs and opening up new opportunities for soft skills. Now is the time for businesses to build strategies that reskill their workers and prepare them for new job responsibilities. And the potential for these new jobs to be more fulfilling is high.
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Artificial intelligence is likely to change how every job is performed, eliminating work related to repetitive tasks but increasing the need for creative thinkers, according to a new study.
These findings are contained in a report released this week by the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab called “The Future of Work: How New Technologies Are Transforming Tasks.” The study found signs that AI is beginning to slowly redefine the nature of tasks performed in certain jobs as automation gains ground.
“As new technologies continue to scale within businesses and across industries, it is our responsibility as innovators to understand not only the business process implications, but also the societal impact,” said Martin Fleming, vice president and chief economist of IBM, in a statement. “To that end, this empirical research from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab sheds new light on how tasks are reorganizing between people and machines as a result of AI and new technologies.”
With the rise of AI and automation, there has been growing debate and anxiety about how these trends will disrupt current job markets. While some have argued AI and automation will be job killers, others have said the emerging technology will be a net creator of new jobs.
The IBM-MIT study offers a bit of nuance to that discussion. The researchers used machine learning to analyze 170 million U.S. job postings between 2010 and 2017. They found that out of 18,500 possible tasks employees might be asked to do on average, the number had fallen by 3.7 over seven years. A drop, though hardly radical.