A whopping 72% of Americans are concerned that machines may someday replace them in the workplace. They aren’t wrong. But the same machines that replace some of Americans’ duties at work might also train them for the newer, better jobs that advanced technology will bring. In the future, HR could be run by AI.

One tech exec makes this argument in Fast Company:

Nearly half of all jobs that exist today could become automated over the next several years. Even workers in roles that robots will not be able to master will likely see their jobs change as smart technology firmly integrates into the workplace. Nobody can predict exactly how intelligent machines will change the world of work for humans–or how people’s jobs will evolve based on the introduction of automated counterparts. Many questions remain, but one thing is clear: The future of work will be different–and workforces will need to learn different skills to embrace a shared future with technology.

Meanwhile, there’s an urgent need for organizations around the world to devise systems for reskilling workers and matching them to new careers. The challenge is a difficult and pressing one, which involves parsing massive amounts of data and integrating a complex set of variables. Actually, it’s exactly the kind of human problem AI was built to solve.

Read the full argument here.

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