Artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to disrupt the job market in the UK, with up to eight million jobs at risk of automation over the next five years, according to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Women, young workers and part-time workers are most likely to be affected.

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, known for his advances in AI technology, has warned of the disruptive force that AI represents. He believes that AI could make many jobs obsolete, leaving people with a need for personal satisfaction in employment. Economist Carsten Jung at IPPR echoes this sentiment, highlighting AI’s potential to disrupt and boost the economy.

The study analyzed 22,000 different jobs in different sectors, identifying jobs such as administration, secretarial work and customer service as at risk of automation. The first wave of AI could affect 11 percent of UK jobs while the second wave expected in three to five years could change up to 7.9 million jobs, particularly for women and young workers.

A worst-case scenario of widespread job displacement could lead to productivity improvements for companies but could also hamper GDP growth. On the other hand, a best-case scenario involving AI empowering the workforce without significant job loss could lead to an increase in GDP.

The IPPR report recommends that the UK government implement an industrial strategy for artificial intelligence that focuses on job creation rather than just research into its potential. This strategy should include incentives such as tax breaks, regulatory changes and job training subsidies to address the challenges posed by new technology. Although the government has announced plans to invest in research into AI’s potential, critics argue that more decisive action is needed as seen in other regions such as the European Union and United States.

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