Can you imagine working on an Excel file and ChatGPT is on hand helping you lay out macros and formulas? Hours of mundane work could almost instantly be done thanks in part to the program. Well, this is a future that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is envisioning. A world where AI is helping you with emails, slideshows, spreadsheets, and more! While speaking at a panel with The Wall Street Journal, laid out his vision for AI moving forward with the tech giant. Saying part, “Every product of Microsoft will have some of the same AI capabilities to completely transform the product.”
For those who’ve been following since last year, this comes as no surprise. Back in October, Microsoft announced the AI integration in a few of its programs, including its search engine Bing, DALL-E 2 in the Azure OpenAI Service, and a new Designer App that allows the creation of images via text prompts. This all comes at the heels of Microsoft’s $10 Billion dollar investment in OpenAI, proving that the company is very serious about capturing the potential of AI in the marketplace.
But for many, there is a growing concern about AI’s increasing presence in the workforce. MIT even wrote a roadmap about handling AI’s coming disruptive effects. Much of the work focused on an adaptable workforce, minimizing employment losses, and labor stabilization. That’s because like with the industrial revolution, new technology ushered new jobs while out-of-date professions perished. Just look at the agricultural sector. What was once the primary employer of most workers, is now only around 10% of the workforce. With the advent of new technology, that number is expected to get smaller.
But for Satya Nadella, this isn’t doom and gloom for workers. Instead, he sees an opportunity. Satya Nadella believes workers should embrace AI and learn how to work with these technologies. More specially, how to utilize these tools to improve their own abilities. While speaking with a panel at The Wall Street Journal he said, “The best way to prepare for it is not to bet against this technology, and this technology helping you in your job and your business process,“. At that same panel, he claims that AI will also booster opportunities and economic growth, “We need something that truly changes the productivity curve so we can have real economic growth.”
At ODSC East 2022, Luis Vargas, Partner Technical Advisor to the CTO of Microsoft, spoke at length about the growing scale of AI and how these models are empowering a wider range of tasks and growing in capability.
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