Preparing Employees to Work With AI


Most people fear disruption yet it is part and parcel of life. Every major technological leap has experienced this at some point including computers, automobiles and the printing press. One thing we understand is that it will be a transformative and profound global business and societal effect as we step into the next AI iteration technology. The most important thing is that we should start reflecting on how we would want this transformation to take place.


The process of early adoption is already on. AI is transforming our day to day processes and activities like driverless cars, detection of fraud, and virtual assistants. The market already has various forms of AI solutions such as the processing of natural language, decision making, machine learning, speech recognition, and automation. Organizations that have started to invest in these technologies are positioned well for long-term success.


The society should appreciate the fact that AI is with us forever. Therefore, we must come to a realization that thoughtful adoption of this technology is paramount. You need to be asking yourself the implication of this technology to the employees. AI seems to be putting the jobs of fully fledged technology workers, engineers, data scientists and software developers at risk. It is difficult to predict the speed of AI adoption but some of the early adopters and influential leaders assert that it is advancing faster than it was expected. As the implementation of AI spread and its adoption accelerates, it pops up questions for employees in the tech and other sectors whether the market still needs their skills.



Investment in Workers



A positive and counter intuitive side effect of early adoption of AI is that it expects corporations to invest in their workforce. You have to invest in technologies and software that support the implementation of AI if you want to bring it on board. You also have to train and build the skills of the employees who will be working with this technology. A company cannot proceed with AI unless it strikes a balance between the technology and its human resources.

According to Infosy’s recent survey, 76 percent of those individuals who make decisions in their organizations agree that it is AI is fundamental to the success of the organization. In fact, 80% of the respondents said that they redeploy and retrain workers whose duties are replaced by or are about to be replaced by this new technology. Therefore, it is essential to think about our educational approach and development of the workforce and create a foundation that supports continuous learning in the long run.



Why it is Still Uniquely Human to Find Problems



This change of focus in the learning process in important for both the current and coming generations. The AI systems that we are redeploying are so advanced that they will form the major component of each industry. Workers, academicians, and students will require AI expertise and skills to be able to work with these systems. This curious mentality calls for aa thirst for learning and knowledge and a curious mindset. AI may end up replacing cognitive tasks such as the identification and solving of problems. AI can currently identify anomalies and patterns in production and environment and notify the concerned individuals. However, the ingenuity and creativity of human beings will always remain useful to identify the problems that this technology can solve. Therefore, AI can be an excellent enabling force that will not only empower people but also improve the quality of life.