"Instead of putting yourself in competition with AI, use it to play to your strengths. AI, by nature, is more efficient at collecting and analyzing data than any human being. But no replacement exists for human ingenuity–especially not in the workplace."
As artificial intelligence use continues to rise, it’s only natural to question how safe your job is from being dominated by AI. Currently, the jobs that face the greatest risk of displacement involve repetitive, manual labour–according to PwC, machine operators and assemblers could face a job-loss risk of over 60 percent by the 2030s. In contrast, professionals, senior officials and senior managers likely face only a 10 percent risk. But instead of fighting the powers that be, why not embrace them to improve on your work?
Keep reading to discover three ways AI can help you–not replace you–as you navigate your increasingly AI-savvy workplace.
The key is to make AI work for you. Why drain your energy on a tedious process that AI can help you accomplish with the click of a button?
One of many ways to use deep learning to your advantage is through cognitive insight applications. These include tasks like programmatic ad buying, which requires high-speed data analytics and automations far beyond human capabilities, so much so that they pose a minimal threat to human jobs.
Deloitte, whose audit practice uses cognitive insight to extract terms from contracts, is able to address a much higher number of documents–almost 100 percent– without the need for human auditors to spend hours reviewing them.
AI offers exciting ways to enhance your ability to perform your role. For example, clothing company Levi Strauss established an eight-week AI boot camp open to any employee, from retail and distribution workers to finance and design employees.
Those who participated in the boot camp returned to their departments with upgraded skills, such as writing Python scripts and automating manual processes. The majority of participants also applied their new skills in at least 25% of their day-to-day work, which is greater than Levi Strauss initially estimated.
One employee enjoyed helping people select outfits in her role as an outlet store manager. After completing in the boot camp, she was able to develop an algorithm that made recommendations about optimal clothing combinations that could be bundled and sold together.
This goes to show that apart from simply automating manual processes, you can further your creativity with AI, and tackle usual work challenges with fresh, innovative solutions.
Yes, AI is and will continue to automate jobs. But a PwC AI study showed that any job losses from automation are likely to be offset by new jobs created as a result of the economic growth made possible by AI.
We can also expect responses from businesses and governments, which will drive massive reskilling and upskilling initiatives to help employees train and prepare for future jobs. Initiatives have already kicked off, such as the World Economic Forum’s The Reskilling Revolution, which aims to provide one billion people with better education, skills and jobs by 2030.
One of many potential jobs could be an ethics compliance manager to protect an AI algorithm from manipulation–at the end of the day, AI is not immune to errors. The hazards that follow will need human workers to ensure that AI systems operate as designed without crossing ethical lines or reinforcing bias.
Instead of putting yourself in competition with AI, use it to play to your strengths. AI, by nature, is more efficient at collecting and analyzing data than any human being. But no replacement exists for human ingenuity–especially not in the workplace.
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