Lawrence Wong says AI will disrupt labour market, but does not ‘believe we will end up with a jobless future’

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SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong sounded a reassuring note at the Asia Tech x Singapore summit on Tuesday (June 6) when he said he doesn’t believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs.

“I do not believe we will end up with a jobless future, a dystopian jobless future where machines take over humans for everything and humans become upset because technology can replace some tasks,” the DPM said.

He expects that technological innovations, including IA, will be a labour market disruptor, however, in the sense that the nature of jobs will change. This means that workers should learn to adapt quickly, he added.

But DPM Wong also expressed the belief that technology is beneficial in that because of it, more jobs will be created.

Organised by Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, the ATxSummit takes place on June 6 to 7 at Capella Singapore and will be tackling various topics, including “AI, trust tech, soonicorns, sustainability, and digital healthcare across four key pillars: Tech x Trust, Tech x Good, Tech x Builders and Tech x Creative.”

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