MAY 1, 2023
With the popularity of AI chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Microsoft’s new Bing, and Google’s Bard, debate around artificial intelligence (AI) replacing human jobs has been going on for quite some time. Even OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has acknowledged the possibility of ChatGPT affecting some jobs. And now, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran has said that AI will prove to be a ‘disruptor’ and will have a significant effect on the job market.
Tata Sons Chairman on AI impacting jobs
In a conversation with Business Today, N Chandrasekaran called AI a ‘disruptor’ and added that it will have an effect on jobs as well as skills in the future.
He said, “AI will be a disruptor, we can talk about ChatGPT all day. It is going to change the productive equation by an order of magnitude, it has implications on jobs and skills for the future. It has a huge regulatory issue because already different governments have started reacting differently. We have got to take the lead to come up with some kind of a regulatory framework.”
He also talked about adapting AI tech in his own company and said that they are working on a ‘small company where all systems will be generated by ChatGPT’. Revealing the plans, he said, “We are already doing a pilot on one small company where we can change all the systems to be ChatGPT generated. The good thing is that we have good leaders across the group, we have people who are not resistant to change and then we’ve got a lot of talent who need to be re-skilled and we also have people who have the capability. We need to bring it all together and work with the leaders of the group.”
TCS CHRO on possibility of AI replacing jobs
On the other hand, TCS’ chief human resources officer (CHRO) Milind Lakkad, in an interview with PTI in February, had said that even though AI can boost productivity, it will not replace jobs. However, the definitions of the jobs could be changed. He also added that AI will be a ‘collaborator’ and not a replacement.
He said, “It (generative AI) will be a co-worker. It will be a co-worker and that co-worker will take time for them to understand the context of the customer … It’s a good thing to happen for the future, but I think it will be collaboration rather than replacement.”
In the last couple of months, various tech experts have expressed their opinion on AI and the possibility of it replacing human jobs. While some feel that AI will help people in their day-to-day tasks as nothing can compete with the human mind, others are most skeptical and believe that AI might really impact certain jobs in the future.
Courtesy/Source: India Today / PTI