Understanding the Future of Work: Will AI Take Your Job? 

Understanding the Future of Work: Will AI Take Your Job? 

Considering the trends of this century, the future of work will most likely be characterized by technological advancements and transformation of workplace structures and work models. Eighty-seven percent of companies all over the U.S. have already shifted their focus from the traditional in-office setup to remote or hybrid work. The usage of technology increased for all industries because of this.¹

Due to the growing importance of technology in the lives of people, significant advancements have been made in an effort to increase productivity and efficiency.

A great example of these advancements is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 

The Use of AI in the Workplace 

Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly growing field of computer science that is being used and adopted by several industries all over the globe.

It focuses on the creation of computer programs or smart machines that can perform human tasks. Through its algorithms and software, AI can learn from experience and improve its performance the more it is used by people.

In general, AI was created to help people finish tasks faster and more efficiently. Need to finish that thousand-word application essay? Need to sort hundreds of digital files based on specific criteria? AI can help you with your time-consuming, and sometimes tedious, responsibilities.

Presently, AI is being used many different industries. Below are some examples of fields that use this program and how they utilize it.

 

Manufacturing

In the manufacturing industry, AI is used to reduce costs and optimize the creation of products. Companies are able to make their manufacturing processes more efficient and accurate with the use of machines.

For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledged the role AI can do in their discussion paper about drug manufacturing.

Experts explained how programmed machines can identify errors in the process and then trigger proper maintenance activities. AI, when used with computer vision, can also monitor the quality of drug packaging in a quick and efficient manner based on factors like shape and size.²

 

Engineering

The utilization of AI in engineering is focused on creating quality work with less effort and more accuracy.

A specific example of how AI is used in this field is the optimization of system performance. If engineers are assigned to this task, they will need to dedicate long hours to using manual design methods and simulation tools. Aside from it being time-consuming, there is no assurance that every attempt will lead to the best design.

But with the aid of AI, engineers can use machine learning algorithms to analyze numerous data and identify the most effective design for the focused system. For example, they can choose the best plane engine design based on data from previous versions and simulation results.

 

Information Technology

The pace of digital transformation in many businesses dramatically increased over the years due to the pandemic. Although remote work conducted through the Internet became helpful, there were still some risks that came with it.

To better respond to growing issues about breaches of online security, IT professionals use algorithms that can quickly and efficiently monitor different networks. AI can help in detecting and responding to security incidents in real-time with great efficiency.

AI’s ability to analyze big chunks of data and patterns is also a boon to IT professionals all over the world.

Read More: How AI is Playing a Key Role in Modern Recruiting 

 

AI Trends and the Future of Work 

As said by the CEO of Kintsugi Grace Chang, 2022 is the year AI started to become accessible to the general public. It’s predicted to continue its growth onward from 2023.³

Similar to every other aspect of the working world, experts are predicting some AI trends in 2023 that will affect the future of work.

 

Artificial Intelligence Is Here to Stay

The future of work doesn’t consider AI as futuristic technology with unknown potential anymore. Instead, it is a maturing tech that is consistently being improved through observation and experimentation.

Experts predict that AI will continue to develop based on the needs of different industries. Professionals will put in the effort to improve algorithms and software programs that will influence the capabilities of AI.

Theodora Chaspari, an assistant computer science and engineering professor at Texas A&M, also predicts that AI will soon use our everyday devices to gather data. For example in the field of psychology, smartphone mics could gather your tone, intonation, and other indicators of emotions in order to help create more personalized AI features.⁴

 

The Ability of AI to Do either Good or Bad

Unlike people, AI doesn’t have its own will to think and decide. Instead, it uses already existing information to create its output.

Considering how AI is programmed, experts believe that the usage and intent of the user will identify whether a person’s usage of the tech is good or bad.

A person who uses AI to generate informational content that can be used in their industry is an example of a ‘good’ or proper usage. On the other hand, a person who uses AI to collect personal information for their own benefit shows illegal and irresponsible usage of AI.

 

Moral and Ethical Considerations

Whether collected information will be used for analysis or for identity theft, AI still has the power to gather large chunks of data and interpret them the way the user wants.

This poses a huge risk for any company or employee who wants to use AI to their professional advantage. In relation to this, people from different fields are pushing for the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) as proposed by the European Commission.

AIA is a legal framework that aims to assess the problems or risks of AI usage in order to create efficient solutions

Aside from this act, debating over the moral and ethical considerations of data gathering for the development of AI will be an ongoing trend starting 2023.

 

Effects of AI on Your Career

Artificial Intelligence is already a part of the professional world as we know it. Aside from its staying, experts also see its continued growth and development. But what exactly does this mean for you?

Should you be scared that AI will replace you at work? The answer is no.

As AI continues to automate time-consuming and repetitive tasks, there are bound to be roles that will no longer be needed. If an AI is able to organize files in under a minute, then there will be no need for numerous employees who do the exact same job.

According to research made by Pew, 48 percent of experts see a future where digital agents have displaced many blue- and white-collar employees.

But even with these numbers, you don’t need to be scared of AI taking over. History itself has proven that jobs lost to AI are replaced by other tasks it can’t do. For example, the rise of artificial intelligence has replaced data entry roles but opened jobs for data analysts. This phenomenon results in more productivity in the workplace.

Instead of thinking AI will replace you, think of ways to make yourself indispensable. This might mean attending more seminars for upskilling or maybe even exploring other areas within your field of expertise.

Focus on self-improvement rather than worrying about what’s uncertain.

 

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References:  

  1. Ey. “How can your workplace be as flexible as your workforce?” April 2023  https://www.ey.com/en_us/real-estate-hospitality-construction/ey-survey-on-future-workplace-index
  1. Food and Drug Administration. “Artificial Intelligence in Drug Manufacturing.” April 2023, https://www.fda.gov/media/165743/download#:~:text=AI%20methods%20can%20also%20be%20used%20to%20monitor%20product%20quality,a%20product’s%20given%20quality%20attribute)
  1. Kesari, Ganes. “AI Trends For 2023: Industry Experts (And ChatGPT AI) Make Their Predictions” Forbes, 22 Dec. 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/ganeskesari/2022/12/22/ai-trends-for-2023-industry-experts-and-chatgpt-ai-make-their-predictions/?sh=3e1933e131ca
  1. Texas A&M University. “We Asked Four Texas A&M Professors About The Future Of AI. Here’s What They Said.” Texas A&M Today, 2 March 2023, https://today.tamu.edu/2023/03/02/we-asked-four-texas-am-professors-about-the-future-of-ai-heres-what-they-said/

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