In the past years, Artificial Intelligence has owned the headlines of different sites, which usually features its ability to make the world better place for us.
The development of AI brought to humans a wide perspective of advantage in various field, however, it also embodies disadvantages against humans.
A thorough research from PwC has expressed a risk, the latter suggests people only have five years before automation and AI threaten jobs and force them to learn new skills for the workforce.
According to report which the firm PwC spearheaded, they surveyed 10,000 people from around the world, revealing people are concerned about automation, but they’re also willing to learn.
This is not anew report over the “danger” of AI could bring to the world. In fact, a study from Redwood Software and Sapio Research released October 4th revealed that IT leaders believe automation could impact 60% of businesses by 2022 and threaten jobs in the process.
Meanwhile, PwC, the second biggest professional services firm worldwide, suggests a similar timeline; one in which people may need to practice and learn new skills — or be left behind as automation takes over.
The PwC’s report, titled Workforce of the Future, surveyed 10,000 people across China, India, Germany, the UK, and the U.S. to “better understand the future of work.”
With the said respondents, nearly 37% think artificial intelligence and robotics will put their jobs at risk; in 2014, 33% had a similar concern.
Going deep on the report, the most startling scenario it envisions for the future is one in which “typical” jobs — jobs people can steadily advance in through promotions — no longer exist, prompting the aforementioned move to develop new skills.
In a interview with CNBC, PwC principal and U.S. people and organization co-leader Jeff Hesse says automation is already forcing people out, though it’s not consistent across every field.
“It varies a bit by industry,” explains Hesse, “but over the next five years we’re going to see the need for workers to change their skills at an accelerating pace.”
“If the report’s results are anything to go by, people are ready for change: 74% expressed a willingness to “learn new skills or completely retrain in order to remain employable in the future, ” Hesse added.
As of March 2017, PwC reports about 38% of U.S. jobs are at risk of being affected by automation by the early 2030s, with Germany closely behind at 35%; the UK at 30%; and Japan at 21%.
To better understand the incumbent situation, just last year, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said there were three skills people would need to survive in a job market that continues to embrace technology: science, engineering and economics.
Gates said they don’t need to be experts, but they need to understand what people in each field are capable of.
In the case of robotics, those with knowledge about managing automatic software programs will be highly sought after.
In the end, Hesse suggests people research which skills their fields will be in need of.