In a few days, Optimized Workforce will announce its first full-length research report, “AI Opportunity Report 2018: Which Industries Are Investing in AI? Which Ones Should Be?” It took a lot of time, and a lot of money, to gather the data and analyze it as thoroughly as we could — but we hope what we found will lend some sanity to the media circus that has surrounded AI and the job market for the past year and a half.
Based on what we’ve learned, we’re nowhere near the jobs-apocalypse that some pundits are forecasting — but the presence of AI in the workforce is not the future; it’s here! Nearly one-third of U.S. workers are exposed to AI on the job in some fashion already, and our data says that exposure will grow aggressively in 2019. But that’s not the end of employment as we know it. A significant portion of our 10,000+ survey respondents say they are so busy at work, or so focused on non-core tasks, that key business goals are not being met. That’s not a symptom of a workforce about to be steamrolled by AI, it’s a symptom of one that could really use it.
We invite you to follow along with us as one of the most epic economic and societal shifts in our lifetime plays out across our laptop screens and cell phones. We have no idea how it will end, but we promise to offer a fact-based, unvarnished view along the way.