How will A.I. impact the workforce? | Hudson McKenzie

How will A.I. impact the workforce?

September 26, 2018 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)  is an ongoing hot topic that impacts many sectors worldwide, however how will A.I. specifically impact the global workforce?

As many employment roles fear to be replaced by machine-learning programs within the foreseeable future, how will those affected by this development cope with this ongoing change? Are their any positive outcomes to artificial intelligence merging more with the workforce, or is it all doom and gloom for working humans from hereon?

Possible positive outcomes

  • Gender Equality

It is predicted that the current pay gap difference between males and females in the workplace will be dramatically improved with the further introduction of artificial intelligence.

This is predominately because recruitment, bonuses and benefits can be maintained and tracked more efficiently by technology.

From this, technology will be able to identify any alarming pay gaps quicker, specifically in relation to recent requirement of major companies to produce general pay gap reporting.

Thus, following from the rise of technology, bias in the workplace between genders is likely to decrease, increasing the overall democracy of the workforce.

  • Disabilities

Another key change to the workplace is the effect of technology upon those with disabilities.

For instance, technology may be able to assist more with disabled persons, giving them more opportunities in the workforce.

Possible negative outcomes 

  • Mass unemployment

Millions of people are set to become unemployed with the ongoing merging of technology and artificial intelligence within the workforce. Therefore, how will nations worldwide cope with this? Will new job roles that are predominately human friendly be created instead, or will the need for humans to work because an obsolete necessity altogether?

  • Decrease in Human Rights application

With the rise of machine-based technology, humans may feel that their Human Rights are being put at risk as their wellbeing is put on hold in favour of the functioning of a machine instead.

Therefore can it be predicted that the second Luddite revolution is bound to occur? Will humans eventually revolt against the rise of Artificial Intelligence within the workforce once it is recognised that the negative outcomes may outway the positive?

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