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AI will end all jobs, Elon Musk says

AI will end all jobs, Elon Musk says

Speaking at Bletchley Park AI summit last week (2 November) technology billionaire Elon Musk said no one will have to work once AI is fully developed.

Musk said: “We are seeing the most disruptive force in history here. There will come a point where no job is needed – you can have a job if you want one for personal satisfaction but AI will do everything.

“It’s both good and bad – one of the challenges in the future will be how do we find meaning in life.”

This contrasts prime minister Rishi Sunak’s previous assertion that AI at work should be considered a ‘co-pilot’ rather than a risk to jobs.

In a speech on 26 October, Sunak said: “It’s important to recognise AI doesn’t just automate and take people’s jobs. A better way to think about it is as a co-pilot.”

Manny Athwal, founder of the School of Coding, disagreed with Musk’s comments, saying AI will create even more jobs.

Speaking to HR magazine, he said: “AI has many applications, including in fields such as medicine, finance, education, and transportation. Some examples of AI technologies include virtual assistants, self-driving cars, image and speech recognition systems, and recommendation engines. 

“AI will continue to drive massive innovation that will fuel many existing industries and could have the potential to create many new sectors for growth, ultimately leading to the creation of more jobs. It could become one of the single most influential human innovations in history.”

As jobs are changed and created by AI, employers and workers should focus on upskilling in order to remain agile according to Agata Nowakowska, AVP EMEA at Skillsoft.

A study from Randstad said only 13% of employees have been offered AI training in the last year, despite 33% already using it day to day at work.

She said: “It is unlikely that AI will replace human work altogether any time soon. However, what is clear is that the transformations brought by AI will demand entirely new skill sets. 

“With that in mind, businesses must prioritise investments in AI training and upskilling programs. This proactive approach ensures that employees can ethically and effectively leverage AI tools. 

“The jobs of tomorrow may look very different to those of today. Fostering workplace cultures that champion continuous learning and skills development is crucial to adapting to the evolving work landscape.”​

Chris Pedder,  chief data officer at Obrizum, said although he is sceptical that human work will end altogether, the threat of widespread job loss is real.

Goldman Sachs estimates 300 million jobs could be lost or diminished by this fast-growing technology.

Speaking to HR magazine, he said: “If human labour becomes largely unnecessary, it could profoundly reshape society. 

“To navigate this transition, regulation and policy are crucial. Worker protections must be strengthened, including guaranteed income schemes that provide stability amid volatility. Civic institutions that provide community and identity beyond jobs will likely grow more vital.

“If labour declines in economic importance, a vision for fulfilling lives beyond jobs is essential. Rather than fatalism about mass unemployment, the prudent path is cautious optimism paired with proactive policies to smooth workforce transitions.”

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Coding school launches courses to improve digital skills in Shropshire

Coding school launches courses to improve digital skills in Shropshire

A coding and computer science educator has launched a new scheme, funded by the Government, to improve the digital skills of adults across Shropshire.

School of Coding & AI is looking to support over 500 Shropshire residents over the next two years in developing Digital and Communication Skills for Life.

Digital Shropshire is designed to provide every individual over the age of 16 living in the county with the chance to enhance their digital skills, whether this is to learn how to get safely online, or get ready for employment, upskilling or needing help with digital inclusion and accessing healthcare and other essential services online.

Courses cover a broad spectrum, including essential digital skills and communication skills for life.

The aim of the courses is to ensure Shropshire residents are well-equipped to tackle the demands of accessing the digital world we live in, but also today’s job market.

Clare Norton, Operations Manager of School of Coding & AI, said: “We will provide courses that upskill our Shropshire residents, whether this is in basic digital skills, or getting online safely, or more advanced techniques such as improving your CV and presenting skills to take your next step on your career path.

“Initially we will have two courses available: Essential Digital Skills, and Communication and Life Skills. The courses are available to anyone over 16 and living in the Shropshire Council area. It’s rare to find a project such as this where funded courses are available to anyone, even if they are in education, employment or training.

“Our courses run on a weekly basis in market towns throughout the county and if you book both Digital Skills and Communication and Life Skills courses we will include a £25 gift voucher for each of our participants on completion of course 2.”

The courses are initially at three key locations throughout Shropshire – Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton – and run through until Christmas.

Councillor Mark Jones, Cabinet member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, at Shropshire Council said: “We realise that many people feel excluded because of the increased digitisation of our daily lives.

“This project, made possible through our UK Shared Prosperity Fund, is a major response to this issue in Shropshire. It will provide much needed support and training in what have now become essential life – and work – skills for residents.”

For more information on School of Coding & AI’s Digital Shropshire project and courses or enrollment details and criteria, visit https://schoolofcodinguk.com/digital-shropshire, call 01902 509 209 or email [email protected]

The project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Educator acquires Indian software firm

Educator acquires Indian software firm

Manny Athwal, Founder of School of Coding & AI and sister business School of Cyber Security, flew to India recently to complete the acquisition.

As a result of the deal, School of Coding & AI will now offer education and commercial software development across the UK, Europe, and Asia.

The buy-out has secured almost 100 jobs in India, with a further 15–20 jobs being created in the West Midlands.

SimbaQuartz was launched eight years ago by entrepreneur Mandeep Kaur Tangra to provide mobile and web app development, graphic design, and digital marketing services. 

Manny, who is based in Wolverhampton, said: “I am delighted that we have acquired a majority stake in SimbaQuartz. I am excited to work with Mandeep Kaur Tangra. Together we are on a mission to build one of the largest software houses and digital marketing companies in India and create jobs for young people in both the UK and also in India, so that they don’t need to leave their country to find a bright future.

“Our investment means that we have secured the future of 85 people working at SimbaQuartz and we will also be creating around 15–20 jobs here in the West Midlands as part of the collaboration.

“The attraction for businesses in India and the UK is clear, as SimbaQuartz offers courses in programming and digital marketing at almost 40% cheaper the price you would expect to pay in the UK.”

Mandeep said: “I am thrilled to be working with Manny and taking SimbaQuartz from a family-owned business to a multinational company. We are the largest coding school and IT services company in Punjab and have generated skilled, white collar jobs in the state. I look forward to this next step with great excitement.”

Manny founded School of Coding & AI six years ago and this year launched the sister business School of Cyber Security.

This has been a landmark year for the businesses. School of Coding & AI was named Employer of the Year at the 2023 Black Country Chamber Business Awards and is in the running for three titles in the West Midlands Business of the Year awards. School of Cyber Security was nominated for Cyber Educator of the Year at the 2023 Cyber Security Awards. Manny has been presented with the prestigious Innovation Award at the Institute of Directors Annual Awards ceremony and named in The Times LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2023.

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