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IBM CEO Plans to Replace 7,800 Jobs With AI

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In Brief

  • Many believe AI could replace entry-level coders, designers, and writers.
  • How will IBM CEO replace 7,800 jobs with AI?
  • Meanwhile, Samsung has banned its employees from using AI tools like ChatGPT.
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The nightmare of artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the job market is coming true as IBM’s CEO, Arvind Krishna, intends to replace 7,800 jobs with AI.

Experts have argued that AI has the capabilities to replace mundane tasks such as data entry and customer service with automation. In fact, with the rise of generative AI tools, many believe it could replace entry-level coders, designers, and writers.

IBM Chooses AI Over Human Workers

According to Bloomberg, Krishna wants to pause hiring for the roles whose job could be done with AI. Particularly, he mentioned that IBM would slow down or even halt hiring for non-customer-facing roles such as human resources (HR).

Krishna says, “I could easily see 30% of that getting replaced by AI and automation over a five-year period.” Bloomberg estimates that IBM employs 26,000 people in non-customer-facing roles, which means that the company could replace 7,800 people with AI.

AI to Analyze Employees’ Performance?

Krishna believes that AI won’t be able to perform certain HR duties, like analyzing employee productivity, for the next 10 years. A Pew Research Center Survey adds weight to Krishna’s opinions.

BeInCrypto reported that 55% of adults reject the idea of employers utilizing AI to decide whether to fire someone. Also, 47% of adults are against using AI analysis to determine whether an employee is eligible for promotion.

Moreover, 62% of respondents believe that AI will majorly impact the workforce in the next 20 years. 

Pew Research data showing 6 in 10 America believe AI will have a major impact on workers.
Source: Pew Research

Samsung Concerned About Data Leak

In a separate development, Samsung has asked its employees not to use AI tools like ChatGPT. According to Bloomberg, the decision was taken after the company discovered an employee leaked sensitive code through ChatGPT.

Samsung has expressed grave concerns about using AI tools, as the company cautioned that it could lead to the dismissal of an employee from their job.

Samsung wrote, “We ask that you diligently adhere to our security guideline and failure to do so may result in a breach or compromise of company information resulting in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.”

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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