This time the alarm comes from a more than authoritative source: according to a recent analysis by International Monetary Fund (FMI), the massive integration of Artificial Intelligence could hit the 40% of workers globally.
The same research specifies how, in more developed countries, this impact could be positive 60% of cases, especially regarding one greater production efficiency. As can be understood, however, the negative effects will be very serious. It ranges from decrease in labor supply a lower wagesuntil the almost inevitable massive loss of employment in certain sectors.
To make matters worse it was the director general of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, according to which some jobs could disappear from the market altogether. AI looks set to have a greater influence in emerging countries such as India e Brazilwhere the conditions of the lower working classes are already precarious.
Georgieva herself, in fact, states how “Many of these countries do not have the infrastructure or skilled workforce to reap the benefits of AI, raising the risk that the technology will exacerbate inequality“.
AI and work: for the IMF there is a risk of strong social unrest
The IMF then revealed how, while workers more young use AI to increase productivity, those of middle age and older adults are finding it difficult to keep up with this evolving technology. This could lead to a high social unrestwith enormous problems attached.
In its report, the IMF argues that it is important to support the growth of AI in the countries most involved in this revolution, adopting regulatory frameworks suitable to manage the impact on workforcewithout neglecting training in the context of digital skills.
Finally, Kristalina Georgieva urged politicians around the world to “Create comprehensive social safety nets and implement reskilling programs for vulnerable workers to ensure that AI technologies do not further inflame social tensions“.
The introduction of ChatGPT and similar chatbots was a real earthquake which, after the initial enthusiasm, must be managed carefully to avoid real disasters.