A new report by World Economic Forum highlight the following in terms of the interaction of AI and future of work :

  • Over two-thirds of working people in the US would welcome the idea of AI taking at least some tasks off their hands, according to a recent survey by Gartner.
  • Researchers also found that 36% of respondents would like to utilize AI for basic functions like data processing, with 32% suggesting digital tasks could be automated.
  • However, there are still fears that AI could cost people their jobs.

While there are, especially in industries like manufacturing, legitimate fears that robots and artificial intelligence could cost people their jobs, a lot of workers in the United States prefer to look on the positive side, imagining which of the more laborious of their tasks could be taken off their hands by AI.

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How is the Forum helping governments to responsibly adopt AI technology?

The World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in partnership with the UK government, has developed guidelines for more ethical and efficient government procurement of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Governments across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East are piloting these guidelines to improve their AI procurement processes.

Our guidelines not only serve as a handy reference tool for governments looking to adopt AI technology, but also set baseline standards for effective, responsible public procurement and deployment of AI – standards that can be eventually adopted by industries.

Example of a challenge-based procurement process mentioned in the guidelines

Example of a challenge-based procurement process mentioned in the guidelines

According to a recent survey by Gartner, 70 percent of U.S. workers would like to utilize AI for their jobs to some degree. As our infographic shows, a fair chunk of respondents also named some tasks which they would be more than happy to give up completely. Data processing is at the top of the list with 36 percent, while an additional 50 percent would at least like AI to help them out in this.

On the other side of the story, as reported by VentureBeat: “Among survey respondents who did not want to use AI at work, privacy and security concerns were cited as the top two reasons for declining AI.” To help convince these workers, Gartner recommends “that IT leaders interested in using AI solutions in the workplace gain support for this technology by demonstrating that AI is not meant to replace or take over the workforce. Rather, it can help workers be more effective and work on higher-value tasks.”

Share of US workers that would want AI to completely take over the following tasks.

Data processing tops the list of tasks Americans would like give up to AI. Image: Statista

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