According to Bloomberg, the human resources analysis firm Revelio Labs identified jobs that are most likely to be replaced by artificial intelligence. In the study they found that most of these labors — at risk of being displaced by AI — are occupied by women, such as bill and account collectors, payroll clerks, and secretaries executives.
“The gender distribution in occupations reflects the deeply rooted prejudices in our society. Women are often confined to roles such as administrative assistants and secretaries. (…) Consequently, the impact of AI is skewed along gender lines,” said Hakki Ozdenoren, economist at the aforementioned firm.
IBM plans to replace 8,000 jobs with AI
Advances in AI exacerbate the gender disparity in the global workforce, as companies are considering cutting staff and leveraging AI in their workflow.
An example of this is the position of the CEO of International Business Machines Corp (IBM), one of the tech companies largest in the world, who, a few weeks ago, revealed to Bloomberg that he is slowing down the hiring of roles that can be easily replaced by AI in administrative functions, such as human Resources.
Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, predicts that up to 30% of these jobs could be replaced by artificial intelligence over five years, which could result in a loss of around 7,800 jobs. Therefore, AI is more likely to replace repetitive jobs that are mostly held by women.
Skilled jobs targeted by AI
For example, the model ChatGPT OpenAI, one of the most powerful tools today, can quickly review and summarize large volumes of text, tasks that would normally take paralegals much longer.
However, that does not mean that other highly-skilled workers can feel safe. According to the same Revelio Labs research, generative AI can affect occupations of high wages more than non-traditional manufacturing jobs.
“Going forward, providing training opportunities will be key for women to navigate the changing job landscape. (…) By doing so, we can capitalize on the potential of AI while taking advantage of its valuable skills and experiences,” Ozdenoren said.
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