Technology: Heil: Changing the world of work through AI - No job loss

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil expects artificial intelligence (AI) to rapidly change the world of work, but overall no job destruction.

Technology: Heil: Changing the world of work through AI - No job loss

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil expects artificial intelligence (AI) to rapidly change the world of work, but overall no job destruction. "Individual jobs will be lost, but many new ones will also be created," the SPD politician told the "Tagesspiegel". "According to everything we know and can gather, we as a society will not run out of work in the future either," Heil added. But it will be different work in many ways.

The experts in the ministry predicted: "From 2035 there will be no more jobs that have nothing to do with AI." In order to alleviate the shortage of skilled workers, Heil sees "a huge potential in artificial intelligence that we must fully exploit".

The text machine ChatGPT, Google's competitor software Bard and programs that can generate images based on text descriptions are currently causing a stir. At the same time, there are concerns that such AI-based technology could be misused to spread false information, for example.

Heil does not believe in bans on such programs, but strongly promotes transparency. The minister warned that people should know which data are used to train these learning AI systems. This not only prevents conspiracy theories, but also prevents the systems from producing undesirable results. He warned: "If the systems are fed with wrong data, it will be problematic."

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