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Is AI killing jobs? Actually, it added 3x more than it replaced in 2018

By Fast Company

The new ZiprRecruiter report on the Future of work found that AI is adding jobs in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and education—all sectors that feared job lossesRead full story

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  • Rudina  Seseri
    Rudina SeseriproManaging Partner at Glasswing Ventures

    AI, ML, and other frontier technologies have been driving innovation in how we work for years - the operational efficiencies from automation capabilities alone can be significant - and while the general sentiment toward AI and job security has varied quite a bit to-date, the data here suggests we are moving toward a bright future where frontier technologies play an integral (but not mutually exclusive) role in the workforce. With AI in the enterprise, the future of work is not better or worse, but

    AI, ML, and other frontier technologies have been driving innovation in how we work for years - the operational efficiencies from automation capabilities alone can be significant - and while the general sentiment toward AI and job security has varied quite a bit to-date, the data here suggests we are moving toward a bright future where frontier technologies play an integral (but not mutually exclusive) role in the workforce. With AI in the enterprise, the future of work is not better or worse, but instead fluidly evolving to a new normal of what can be possible.

  • Nicole Scott
    Nicole ScottMobility Expert at Mobile Geeks

    I've been waiting for the realization that we're going need new types of work. This still leaves unskilled labor with the same need to retrain. Our aging population will require Healthcare and this is people. Instead of flipping burgers we should focus on how to get a factory worker to consider being a care giver.

  • Jia Woo
    Jia WooAspiring Seller of Books

    OK so paragraph three is the actual piece of news being reported. Surplus in replacing jobs taken could be explained by an overlap in the economy of now and the AI-saturated economy of tomorrow. And just because it provides relatively more jobs doesn’t mean it’s rosy. Just look at the ‘dark kitchens’ of UberEats.

  • Allison Schrager
    Allison SchragerReporter at Quartz

    Not surprising. Historically technology is labor augmenting, it makes us more productive and increases jobs. We’re even seeing it with AI, from financial advice to cruise ships

  • As a co-author of the McKinsey Global Institute research report cited in the ZipRecruiter paper, I welcome any additional data and insights into the impact of technology on the labor force.

    That said, if I don’t misunderstand it, their conclusions are based on the job postings in the ZipRecruiter database. This is an interesting set of data on flows (mostly hiring), but doesn’t give us as much insight into the “stock” of employment (i.e., how many people are employed), nor “outward” flows in terms

    As a co-author of the McKinsey Global Institute research report cited in the ZipRecruiter paper, I welcome any additional data and insights into the impact of technology on the labor force.

    That said, if I don’t misunderstand it, their conclusions are based on the job postings in the ZipRecruiter database. This is an interesting set of data on flows (mostly hiring), but doesn’t give us as much insight into the “stock” of employment (i.e., how many people are employed), nor “outward” flows in terms of workers who have left (or have been laid off from) jobs.

  • Helen Edwards
    Helen EdwardsAlways curious at Koru Ventures

    Now the trick will be to use well-designed, human-centered AI to add good jobs.

  • Eashwar Dev Ananad
    Eashwar Dev AnanadCeo at Farmhub

    AI and ML is a fast changing arena. The very idea behind them is that they evolve as they gather data. An example cited in the article is that drone operators are now needed in large numbers for precision agriculture. Once the patterns are understood autonomous drones will take over.

    This will end up being like those climate change deniers unless something happens. Economists and governments should focus on how the future is going to be and if low level jobs are going to be replaced, then focus

    AI and ML is a fast changing arena. The very idea behind them is that they evolve as they gather data. An example cited in the article is that drone operators are now needed in large numbers for precision agriculture. Once the patterns are understood autonomous drones will take over.

    This will end up being like those climate change deniers unless something happens. Economists and governments should focus on how the future is going to be and if low level jobs are going to be replaced, then focus on how to educate people at lower costs. Is capitalism the future? or is it a mix of socialism. The implications are manifold. Taking it to an extreme probably but A society will only remain peaceful as long as everyone has food to eat and a place to stay. Deny people this basic right and all hell will break lose.

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