Artificial Intelligence may replace some jobs: IT leaders

Press Trust of India Davos | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on January 17, 2017


As Artificial Intelligence gains currency, leaders at top technology companies, including Microsoft and IBM, today said there is a need to create “new collar jobs” as innovations would replace some jobs and existing employees would need to be re-trained.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving on the right ladder and highlighted its importance in reviving the sluggish global GDP growth.

Confident that all concerns on it are being handled, he said, at a session on AI at WEF here, that the world is also going to move from supervised state to “non-supervised” state.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said AI will replace some jobs, but most of us will be working with these systems.

She called for creating “new collar jobs” by imparting new skills to the existing workforce and hoped countries like India would see many youngsters joining a new data economy.

According to Nadella, data today show that the world GDP growth is not “something great” and that calls for the need for new innovations like AI being taken very seriously.

“We can choose whether AI replaces or augments humanity at work,” Nadella said, adding that it is our responsibility to have AI augment human abilities.

Industry leader CP Gurnani said the Indian IT sector should see them as opportunities, but the challenge is to create new skill sets for these areas.

Artificial intelligence is here to stay and if one does not adopt it, the person is “not intelligent”, Tech Mahindra CEO told PTI on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting.

Published on January 17, 2017
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