Technology and Employment: The Road to “Water and Oil”?

Nearly a third of Americans already use AI for work/freepik

Concerns about the impact of artificial intelligence on the job are spreading around the world, and a new survey released yesterday puts the issue back at the center of the debate: according to a survey produced by the American Workforce Association (ASA), more than half of Americans believe automation and artificial intelligence (AI) could easily replace their jobs and result in unemployment. They believe that it will cause.

Although the United States currently has good job indicators, 28% of Americans “strongly agree” and another 46% “somewhat agree” with the fact that AI will replace their work tasks.

Among various demographic categories, young workers, blacks and Hispanics are believed to be most vulnerable to these changes, while whites and baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are least concerned.

Following the recent push and development of artificial intelligence, nearly a third of Americans use it in their jobs, the survey noted.

Another 2017 survey by another association found that nearly three-quarters of workers do not believe they will be easily replaced by robots or AI.

“In just a few short years, the workforce’s attitude toward artificial intelligence has changed dramatically. Before they saw AI as something that could help projects work, now they worry that it could completely replace them,” said Richard Wahlquist, CEO of the ASA, which represents more than 2,000 under-20s. conducted a survey of adults and 20. June 22 last.

The ASA represents nearly 1,700 recruiting and temporary employment agencies in the United States. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed estimated that the increased use of automation and AI would lead to an increase in unemployment.

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Of the categories, industrial workers are the most concerned, while those in the healthcare sector believe they have the lowest exposure.

Despite fears for the future, the U.S. labor market continues to deliver solid statistics. Applications for unemployment benefits fell last week at the fastest pace in five weeks, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated yesterday.

In the week ending Aug. 12, 239,000 people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time after being laid off, down 11,000 from the previous week and in line with economists’ expectations.

On the other hand, the total number of ongoing grants increased slightly to 1.72 million people in the week ended August 5; The weekly average of claims for the past month — data that strips out the volatility of the weekly index — rose to 234,250.

In another sign that the labor market is resisting the impact of interest rate hikes, the Labor Department reported last Friday that the U.S. economy added 187,000 jobs in July, while its unemployment rate fell by a tenth to 3.5. % returns to 54-year low.

In 2017, three-quarters of workers did not believe they would be replaced by robots.

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