AI likely to significantly impact jobs : opportunities and risks !

While firms’ adoption of AI is still relatively low, rapid progress including with generative AI (e.g. ChatGPT), falling costs and the increasing availability of workers with AI skills suggest that OECD countries may be on the brink of an AI revolution.

It is vital to gather new and better data on AI uptake and use in the workplace, including which jobs will change, be created or disappear, and how skills needs are shifting.

When considering all automation technologies including AI, 27% of jobs are in occupations at high-risk of automation. Initial findings from a new OECD survey of AI's impact in the manufacturing and finance sectors of seven countries highlight both the opportunities and risks that AI brings.

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What do workers and employers think about AI in the workplace?

In 2022, the OECD gathered data on the impact of AI on people and their workplaces, in the manufacturing and finance sectors of seven countries. The findings show that AI use at work can lead to positive outcomes for workers around job satisfaction, health and wages. Yet there are also risks around privacy, work intensity and bias. The survey revealed a clear divide between what workers think about AI use in their jobs today and their fears for the future. The results highlight the urgent need for policy action now, to ensure that no one is left behind.

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Source : OECD, news, juli 2023

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