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AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs

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Computer programmer is a high-skilled job likely to be displaced by the coming wave of AI technology.

A study by Brookings Institution researchers predicts the next wave of artificial intelligence-driven automation will target white-collar professions.

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A Brookings Institution study predicts the next wave of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven automation will target white-collar professions like marketing specialists, financial advisers, and computer programmers.

AI enables computers to analyze data, anticipate outcomes, and learn from experience by recognizing patterns and making decisions—jobs typically performed by highly skilled, well-educated employees.

Stanford University's Michael Webb used AI to review more than 16,000 AI-related patents to ascertain capabilities like disease diagnosis or object recognition, while examining a U.S. Labor Department database of occupations to catalog specific tasks needed for jobs. By matching the frequency of overlap between these two factors, Webb found that holders of bachelor's degrees are five times more likely to be impacted by AI than those with high-school diplomas.

AI may potentially automate certain tasks for some professionals without entirely replacing them, while others could find their jobs simplified and easily filled by less-educated workers.

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