Union IT minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar has addressed concerns about AI taking over human jobs, stating that while AI is eliminating certain low-level jobs, it is not yet capable of replacing jobs that involve logic and reasoning. According to Chandrasekhar, AI is still 5-10 years away from reaching that level of sophistication.
While there is a growing apprehension among the public regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on employment, with some experts warning about the unprecedented challenges it poses, Chandrasekhar believes that fears about AI stealing human jobs are exaggerated and unnecessary.
The use of AI algorithms and chatbots in businesses worldwide has led to discussions about potential job losses. However, the IT Minister dismisses these concerns, asserting that the technology is not currently advanced enough to render humans redundant in the workforce.
Addressing recent layoffs in the Indian tech industry, Chandrasekhar refuted claims that there are no jobs available in the sector. He highlighted the substantial job creation in the digital and tech space over the past few years, stating that nearly one crore jobs have been generated in that period alone.
Responding to queries about the disruptive nature of AI and its potential to replace human workers, Chandrasekhar acknowledged that while AI could eventually lead to job displacement, the current focus of AI is on enhancing efficiency through task automation. He assured that AI is not poised to pose a significant threat to jobs in the next few years.
The IT minister emphasised that AI, in its present state of development, is more task-oriented rather than driven by reasoning or logic. Many jobs require higher levels of intelligence, which AI has not yet achieved.
Chandrasekhar concluded by cautioning against complacency, stating that AI’s capability to replace human jobs should not be completely disregarded. He acknowledged that future advancements in AI could eventually lead to job displacement but maintained that the current level of sophistication is not a cause for immediate concern.
While the impact of AI on the job market remains a topic of debate, Chandrasekhar’s comments provide reassurance that AI’s ability to replace human workers is still some years away.