Future of Work Roundup - Week of May 8

May 8, 2023

Future of Work Roundup - Week of May 8

Welcome to the Future of Work Roundup. Each week, we bring you five top stories—drawing from the latest academic research and industry trends—to give you an easily-digestible snapshot of how work is changing—and why it matters.

Experts call for a pause in AI development

The NewYork Post reports on the concerns expressed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett about the rapid rise of artificial intelligence (AI). During Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, Buffett compared AI to the creation of the atom bomb and stated his apprehension about the technology's rapidly evolving programs.

AI pioneer warns of potential harm from generative AI

The New York Times reports that Geoffrey Hinton, a leading AI researcher, has resigned from Google and warned about the potential risks of generative AI, calling for a halt on its development

The Return of the Flip Phone: How Gen Z is Embracing Simplicity

The WSJ  reports on the growing trend of Gen Zers opting for "dumb" flip phones instead of smartphones. These budget second phones provide users with a break from constant notifications and infinite scrolling while still allowing them to make calls and send texts.

IBM Halts Hiring for Jobs That AI Could Do

Bloomberg reports that IBM will halt hiring for roles that could be replaced by artificial intelligence, potentially resulting in 7,800 job losses. The move is part of CEO Arvind Krishna's strategy to focus on software and services, such as hybrid cloud. The company will not fill roles vacated by attrition.

White House urges tech CEOs to limit AI risks

The New York Times reports that the White House urged major tech CEOs to consider the risks of AI amid rising concerns. The meeting signifies how the AI boom has entangled the highest levels of the American government and put pressure on world leaders to address the challenges posed by the rapidly advancing technology. 

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