A new survey reveals European workers’ views on AI – with nearly half expecting a major impact on their working lives over the next year.
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has generated a lot of concern this year about how It could affect jobs – and now a new survey has found that almost half of workers in Europe are predicting a “significant” impact on their jobs in the next year.
Tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard are able to write entire articles in relatively natural language, pass tests, and write functional code.
Meanwhile, artists and graphic designers will be wondering how far generative AI tools for image creation like Midjourney or DALL·E 2 will go in the coming years.
Career social network LinkedIn conducted a survey, asking more than 10,000 workers over the age of 18 about the impact of AI on their working lives.
According to the results, many respondents – who are based in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy – felt that AI was going to have a significant impact on them.
About 45 percent predict “significant” changes to their jobs in the next year, with more than a third feeling both overwhelmed and unable to keep up with developments in their workplace.
Latest AI developments ‘can seem overwhelming’
“In the face of the pandemic, professionals are once again adapting to another wave of change as generative AI becomes more prominent in the workplace,” said Charlotte Davis, career expert at LinkedIn.
She said that while understanding the latest developments “can feel overwhelming”, it is positive that many people are embracing the changes and working to learn how to use the technology.
The survey found that while almost half would like to learn more, 59 per cent currently have no formal training provision from their employer. A third are already using AI in their jobs, with 26 percent using generative AI tools like ChatGPT.
“It’s also clear that people are eager to learn more about AI, and we’re seeing a significant increase in conversations on LinkedIn with members who have already added AI skills to their profiles, but our data also highlights the enormous value of soft skills and how important these are for the future. “There will be as we continue to navigate this new technology and the change it brings,” Davis added.
It has been underlined by many experts How important will soft skills be? The future is where more AI and automation is at play. A LinkedIn study found that half of the professionals surveyed saw skills like problem solving, time management and strategic thinking becoming more important.