There is a lot of talk about how artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs for workers. However, there is another side that says AI will create more than it will take away. We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council what that might look like.
Despite the many concerns that AI will take away jobs, it’s not all doom and gloom for workers. What is a lesser known way in which AI is actually creating opportunities in the workplace?
Their best answers are below:
1. Encourage people to be more creative
AI is going to take away jobs that don’t require a high degree of creativity, i.e. things that can be automated and are fairly repetitive or linear. But what it will have a hard time replacing are positions that require great creativity and are focused on large, complex problems like climate change. AI will free up bandwidth to help workers focus on things that are actually more impactful in the long term. – Justin Faerman, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine
2. Help agencies scale
At one point, marketers feared that AI could displace their jobs. Do you think that shift has or ever will occur? If AI is able to provide and organize large swaths of data that help agencies perform better, then they’re more likely to increase their retention rate and acquire new customers. This will create new job openings as agencies begin to grow and benefit the industry as a whole. – Kristopher Jones, LSEO.com
3. Create job opportunities
AI is expanding big data in many fields, from finance to medicine. While machines are needed to collect data, we still need humans to make sense of it. Wherever you have data, you need people who are qualified to analyze it and make recommendations. This will be true in government, business and education. Data analysts, consultants, financial advisors and many other jobs will flourish. – Shawn Porat, Scorely
4. Influence more entrepreneurs
One of the reasons it’s difficult for entrepreneurs to compete with larger corporations is due to their robust workforce. However, as AI becomes more prevalent, individuals will be able to find opportunities, tap into an automated workforce and compete at a much more level playing field. – Chris Christoff, MonsterInsights
5. Require human input and oversight
AI excels in automating specific, mundane, repetitive tasks, freeing up individuals and allowing them to focus on other aspects of a business. Although AI will replace some jobs, it’s simultaneously creating new ones. At its core, machine learning and AI require human programming to ensure total optimization and ensure data and technology are being used appropriately. – Stephen Ufford, Trulioo
6. Generate opportunities in sales
AI is creating opportunities in sales and marketing as smart databases are being developed that can aid in the process of building effective, large-scale sales forces. Tools such as Salesforce, Nextiva NextOS and Zendesk are using elements of AI to extract information and develop insights that can be acted upon by people. – Baruch Labunski, Rank Secure
7. Drive new kinds of art
Artists are starting to explore the possibilities of AI, generative art and other machine learning technologies. Writers, painters, musicians, programmers and other artists are all using technology to develop new ways to experience art. Museums now show digital-only art, augmented reality offers an entirely new type of media and generative poetry has a place in literary magazines. – Thursday Bram, The Responsible Communication Style Guide
8. Develop new types of positions
Though AI will eliminate some type of digital jobs, it will create a new demand for other types of positions. The data that AI uses comes from humans. For AI to function properly, it needs to be fed the information and it needs to perform tasks correctly. Once computing power and algorithms are created, humans still will be needed to check work, manage it and improve it. As AI continues to evolve and improve, organizations will need to think about how its employees can grow with it. – Blair Thomas, eMerchantBroker
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