The International Labour Organization’s study, however, comes to the following conclusion: Since most jobs and industries are only partially automated, artificial intelligence is more likely to complement existing technologies than to replace them.
Accordingly, “the most significant impact of technology is probably going to be in augmenting work,” it continues.
Clerical labor is the occupation most likely to be impacted by GenAI, which can generate text, photos, sounds, animation, 3D models, and other data. According to the study, roughly 25% of clerical duties are extremely susceptible to automation.
However, it stated that the majority of other professions, such as managers and salespeople, are just somewhat exposed.
Nonetheless, the United Nations warned in its assessment that the impact of generative AI on vulnerable workers could be “brutal.”
“As a result, for policymakers, our study should be read as a call to harness policy to address the technological changes that are upon us,” it stated.