Threat of AI Displacing Jobs is Real: Telecom Secretary

Sundararajan said that there are several estimates with regards to the rate at which jobs in the country are becoming irreverent – ranging from 10 per cent to as much as 70 per cent

The digital technology adoption in India has demonstrated great benefits, however, it is also posing many challenges.

Pointing out one of the challenges of digitisation and automation, Telecommunication Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Monday that though digitisation in the country has delivered huge benefits to the country, but the threat of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation displacing jobs is real.

“The adoption of digital technology has proved to be a great democratiser and leveller in India, especially in doing away with many hierarchies in the Indian economy, said Telecom Secretary, while delivering a keynote address at an event in New Delhi.

Challenges of digitalisation

However, digitalisation is also throwing up several challenges. And there are no easy answers to overcome these challenges,” she added.

Sundararajan further said that there are several estimates with regards to the rate at which jobs in the country are becoming irreverent – ranging from 10 per cent to as much as 70 per cent. Therefore, the threat that AI and automation is displacing jobs is real.

Deliberating upon the question – can offering universal basic income be the solution, with the dangers of job losses looming large over the country, the telecom secretary stated that the idea of offering universal basic income is only coming up because a lot of leaders from the Silicon Valley are pushing for it.

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