Gartner eliminating 1.8M jobs and create 2.3M by 2020. I will be a net job creator starting in 2020,” said Peter Sondergaard on Monday morning at Gartner Symposium.
Gartner eliminating 1.8M jobs and create 2.3M by 2020
Gartner’s research chief couldn’t have opened the company’s flagship conference with a more astounding proclamation if he had claimed that next year’s event would be held on the International Space Station and Gartner was offering free rides.
The question of how artificial intelligence and robots will affect jobs has been one of the darkest shadows looming over the 21st century.
Songergaard stated that by 2020 AI will automate 1.8 million people out of work, but it will create 2.3 million jobs. So, AI will drive a net gain of 500,000 new jobs.
Neither Sondergaard nor the two Gartner analysts who did deep dives on the concepts in the opening keynotes—Tina Nunno and Leigh McMullen—explained the math or the methodology of how Gartner arrived at its AI jobs numbers. TechRepublic is following up with Gartner to get more details.
However, a big part of Gartner’s underlying assumptions is that AI is going to play a complementary role to a lot of workers. It will make them faster, more efficient, and more productive, Gartner argues.
“Some people will be AI’d out of a job,” said Nunno, “but the real secret here is AI augmenting people.”
In fact, the value of people was a surprisingly central theme for the opening keynote of a technology conference, and a departure from recent years when themes such as cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and digital transformation took center stage.