Automation and AI: how it might affect the workplace

Personnel Today examines how automation and AI might affect the workplace, noting that, while a PwC study estimates that UK GDP could be up to 10% higher in 2030 due to AI – equivalent to an additional £232m – a separate report from KPMG forecasts that, while some jobs will multiply following a “disruptive transition period”, others project a net loss of jobs to the economy, “and warn of the need to explore policy solutions such as a universal basic income or a reduced working week”. Nello Cristianini, professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Bristol, believes that people have every right to be worried about jobs, arguing that while companies will certainly benefit from automation we should remember that “whatever anyone says – the key goal of automation is to replace people.”

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