This is a sign of things to come, folks.
And why not? It's the obvious move, especially in the tech industry.
This should surprise no one.
International Business Machines Corp expects to pause hiring for roles as roughly 7,800 jobs could be replaced by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the coming years, CEO Arvind Krishna told Bloomberg News on Monday.
Hiring specifically in back-office functions such as human resources will be suspended or slowed, Krishna said, adding that 30% of non-customer-facing roles could be replaced by AI and automations in five years.
To be fair, IBM isn't firing anyone here. They're just waiting it out and not hiring anyone for these back-office jobs (who wants to work in HR anyway??). Eventually though, the jobs will be lost to AI. This follows the trend of other tech companies, like Dropbox last week, which announced it would cut 16% of its workforce to invest in AI.
Now, we can be optimistic here and hope that these AI creatures create jobs of their own with upkeep and fixing bugs and what not, but we all know it won't add up to current levels of employment. The AI is here for a reason: Because it's cheap and it gets the job done.
Plus, from what I've seen over the past few years, it seems like nobody really holds a real passion for work anymore. And that's no bueno.
We all gotta step up and do our part to adapt to this new workforce and find the new opportunities out there. We don't have Pony Express riders or switchboard operators anymore, but for every job lost to new tech, two more open up. You just gotta hustle!
Anyhow, I don't really feel like working anymore so I'll end here.
Sorry, Adam Ford. Shoulda hired ChatGPT!