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Experts issue warning over amount of jobs estimated to be replaced by AI

Experts issue warning over amount of jobs estimated to be replaced by AI

Experts are warning that AI algorithms could soon be replacing a large percentage of high-earning jobs.

Experts are raising alarms about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the global job market.

It's not as simple as automating routine tasks anymore, AI is 'unusual' in that it's stepping up into the shoes of high-earning professionals.

You know those skills we learned at uni thinking they'd secure us a fancy job? The public is being warned that AI algorithms could soon be replacing those skills, which could mean a whole bunch of jobs might be on the line.

AI could raplce 40% of jobs worldwide / Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images
AI could raplce 40% of jobs worldwide / Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a shocking 40% of jobs worldwide are at risk.

The IMF report states: 'Jobs that require nuanced judgment, creative problem-solving, or intricate data interpretation - traditionally the domain of highly educated professionals - may now be augmented or even replaced by advanced AI algorithms.'

In places like the UK, with their advanced economies, that figure could jump to 60%, indicating a significant shift in the workforce dynamics due to AI integration. It's believed that AI will benefit the workforce in over half the cases.

Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF's managing director, says we're right on the edge of a tech revolution that could 'jumpstart productivity, boost global growth and raise incomes around the world.'

But - and it's a big but - it might mean some people will lose their jobs in the process.

While AI could advance workforces productivity and growth, it's a bit tricky to predict what this all means for us as a society.

AI could make the wealth gap even larger / Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images
AI could make the wealth gap even larger / Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images

We also know that the gap between the rich and poor could get wider because of AI.

For countries still playing catch-up in the tech world, this AI wave could leave them behind, making the income gap between nations even worse.

Ms Georgieva warned: 'In most scenarios, AI will likely worsen overall inequality, a troubling trend that policymakers must proactively address to prevent the technology from further stoking social tensions.'

Experts believe that older people will have a harder time adapting to the changes AI brings, whereas younger workers may find it easier to 'embrace the opportunities that AI brings.'

The UK is believed to be in a decent spot to handle the disruption from AI. Thanks to its solid digital infrastructure and savvy workforce, it's better positioned than many.

But it's still going to be a balancing act to make sure the benefits of AI are spread out fairly and things don't spiral out of control.

Featured Image Credit: Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images