SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The idea of robots replacing human jobs has long been a popular subject for debate and science fiction films.
But amid recent advancements in AI technology, and concerns that some of these ideas may become reality, a recent report by the Software Policy & Research Institute (SPRi) submitted an entirely different view, suggesting that the universalization of AI will actually create new jobs.
According to the institute’s latest Issue Report on future jobs, by 2025, 260,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the five prospective sectors of the future – autonomous vehicles (smart car), virtual reality, 3D printing, Internet of Things, and cloud computing.
“Technology, while wiping out existing jobs, will function as a catalyst that will create new jobs,” said the report with reference to the “third industrial revolution” triggered by computers, semiconductors, and the Internet.
It went on to note that “those who delay or disregard technological advancement to protect conventional jobs will be left behind by global competition, which has already begun,” and said, “we need to establish a strategy to create new jobs.”
Among the five sectors, IoT was predicted to have the highest number of jobs by 2025 (127,578), followed by virtual reality (82,813), smart cars (30,284), cloud computing (12,713), and 3D printing (7,799).
The report estimated the number using an “employment induction coefficient” – the number of employees generated each time the demand in each sector increases by 1 billion won ($916,000).
Of the new jobs, 54 percent were software-related, a statistic that was behind the report’s emphasis on the need for more comprehensive software education.
“In order to nurture specialized experts not only in AI, but also in data integration and interface technology, we must expand both the content and the scope of software education.”
By Joseph Shin (email@example.com)