Kicking against the grain of the mainstream press coverage we see about the future impact of AI and robotics, a new World Economic Forum (WEF) report claims that the rise of machines might well lead to 133 million jobs worldwide in the next decade.

The WEF report strongly suggests that new AI and robotics technologies the have the ability to create new ways of working that will benefit humanity, not take away jobs from people as too many seem to fear.

The same WEF report claims that only 75 million jobs will be displaced by new AI, robotics and machine learning technologies over the next ten years.

The new Industrial Revolution, the Industrial Revolution 4.0 or whatever else we choose to call it seems that it might well have considerably more positive impacts and create beneficial new ways of working than had previously been thought.

The WEF survey of company executives represented 15 million workers in 20 different nations by the organiser of the annual Davos gathering of business leaders and politicians.

Klaus Schwab, chairman of the WEF, did stress that employment gains from technology were not a “foregone conclusion” and needed greater investment in training and education to help workers adjust to new ways of working.

“[This] is a call to action to governments, businesses, educators and individuals alike to take advantage of a rapidly closing window to create a new future of good work for all,” he wrote.

Via The Guardian

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