Microsoft’s Satya Nadella says artificial intelligence could create more jobs

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Artificial Intelligence is set to transform many jobs across the board from warehouse workers to accountants.

report by the consultancy firm PwC found that 30% of jobs in Britain were potentially under threat from breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI). In some sectors half the jobs could go. But this is not necessarily a bad thing – automation may boost productivity and create fresh job opportunities

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes AI could add more jobs for humans.

“We should have a very clear view of what automation does to displacement and we should get to it, but one of the things I also hope is we can take advantage of AI to get more people into the workforce,” Nadella said Tuesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles.

Nadella talked about how AI could be used to help people who have disabilities, like hearing or visual impairments. He specifically mentioned a camera app from Microsoft, called Seeing, which narrates the things seen through a person’s smartphone camera, essentially providing visuals for those who have visual impairments.

“This is enabling someone who works at Microsoft today to more fully participate,” he added. “There are a lot of things we can do like that that are empowering people.”

AI is one of the three future-thinking technology areas that Microsoft is focusing on. The other two: mixed reality, similar to augmented reality in that it projects virtual objects onto the real world, and quantum computing.