The impact of artificial intelligence on jobs divides Davos

If the ball of heads of State dominates the agendas of the 48th world economic Forum, which ends Friday, 26 January, guest starring that year in Davos (Switzerland) is neither the american president Donald Trump nor his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, but rather the artificial intelligence.

Young successful entrepreneurs, from all over the world, take turns to do demonstrations, smartphone in hand. Marc Benioff, the CEO of the software publisher, Salesforce, explains that his platform of artificial intelligence house called ” Einstein “, takes part every Monday as a “virtual member” at the meeting of its executive committee.

In the shops of the city transformed into a ” lab “by the partner companies of the Forum, in the round tables in the dinners, it is only a question of “machine learning” or ” deep tech “. But Davos is not the Consumer Electronics Show (ces) in Las Vegas. This display is accompanied by a debate nerve-wracking : the new industrial revolution will lead to the unemployment of a large part of the population and even worsen inequalities ? On this point, opinions diverge.

“People are afraid of losing their job ”

The initial finding, however, seems to be well shared : the recent technological advances are accelerating dramatically the phenomenon of automation involved for decades. If the mass distribution has long teller machine, it is the artificial intelligence which has allowed Amazon to open in Seattle, Monday, 22 January, the first point of sale without any cash.

Cars without a driver, the algorithms that manage the after-sales service, the scanners that pose a medical diagnosis, these are all innovations, which are already operational or will be in the near future, is intended to be a substitute for employee human.

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