Tech Workers Tremble They May Lose their Jobs to AI after Coronavirus

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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, employees in the technology sector have been getting worried about automation replacing their jobs, including some special tools employers have been using to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic effect, according to a lawyer for business at the law firm California Business Lawyer & Corporate Lawyer. The law firm and its class action attorneys are trusted by California business to defend against employees’ lawsuits.

About 70 percent of employees at United States technology companies are bothered that artificial intelligence through digital capabilities, robotic software, and machine learning will replace their jobs soon. This is compared to the 44 percent of the workers in other sectors.

Aside from automation, the economic downturn of the crisis has made 70 percent of the workers in the tech industry bothered about the loss of their jobs, in comparison to 57 percent of employees in other sectors.

These results are on the basis of the 1,000 workers (both part time and full time) in various sectors, as well as 223 workers within the tech industry, the firm affirmed in a survey carried out April 2020.

“Since workers in the technology industry deal with technology most of the time, they have a sound knowledge better than other sectors, regarding technology and what technology is capable of doing; technology organization workers consider growing digital capabilities as it grows and they know how these tools can negatively impact their jobs,” Mr. Nakase says.

In April, about 112,000 jobs were shed by United States technology organizations, where the total job gains were over the previous year was erased, as provided in the analysis which the IT trade group CompTIA carried out with respect to the Labor Department data.

The tech industry in the United States employs approximately 6 million workers, which include those within the marketing, human resources, sales, and relevant positions (as well as tech professionals). They totally represent 4 percent of the total workforce in the country.

Artificial intelligence jobs have proven to be very resilient over the years, as it is a major aspect of automation.

There could be a global rise in AI jobs by up to 16 percent before the end of 2020, reaching over 950,000. This is as a result of how companies are demanding for AI capabilities especially due to the pandemic effects.

It is also estimated that the adoption of automation by companies around the world has increased to 40 percent due to the pandemic, usually following the tech firms that develop these faculties.

After the financial crisis in 2007-2009, workers in different sectors were displaced by automation which reduced the improvement of the labor-market after the crisis. The report said it took almost two years before the overall employment could recover.

Brad Nakase said, “We believe that hyper automation is where the market is headed”.

He also believes that matchless jobs will be created and other boring jobs like managing emails and processing paperwork will be done by software tools making workers more high-yielding in other aspects.

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