Ekkehard Ernst

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Human and Machine Intelligence - Complements, not Substitutes

The fear of the machine is back. Artificial intelligence seems to take over jobs that were long thought immune against automation. Certain tasks will indeed be replaced but this will help employees focusing on where their particular strengths are: social and emotional intelligence. Moreover, wide-spread adoption of AI will make the interaction between man and machine more effective, allowing more people to benefit from expert systems and market access, lifting barriers to growth. Challenges arise from an increasing concentration of wealth among those who control these technologies. Governments and regulators need to find new answers to spread benefits for all.

Ekkehard Ernst analyses the Future of Work at the International Labour Organization. He develops scenarios on how technological innovations, demographic shifts, climate change and political vagaries might impact jobs and inequality. His work is widely published in both policy reports and academic studies. His most recent study discusses the risks and opportunities of a wide-spread adoption of artificial intelligence, in particular for developing countries. Ekkehard has studied in Mannheim, Saarbrücken and Paris. He holds several academic fellowships and advises external partners on labour market issues, such as The Conference Board, the UK Productivity Insights Network or the Just Jobs Network.

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