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Report: 69% of executives say AI won’t kill jobs

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Early adopters of artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies say they are already seeing economic benefits, and predict job creation rather than loss.

Despite workforce fears, enterprise senior executives don’t believe that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to job loss, according to a new report from Deloitte, released Monday.

Some 69% of executives leading cognitive adoption efforts said they expect minimal to no job loss due to AI-related projects in the next three years, the survey found. What’s more, 29% said they expect that new jobs will be created in that timeframe.

here is a concern that ‘the rise of the machines’ will replace human workers, but we should look at how people and machines can work in collaboration as co-bots,” Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert said in a press release. “The ability to leverage new technologies to retool our workforce will ultimately lead to new opportunities to build high value skills for our workers.”

Gartner also recently predicted that by 2020, AI will eliminate 1.8 million jobs–but that it will also create 2.3 million positions, driving a net gain of 500,000 new jobs.


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