Artificial Intelligence not here to displace jobs, claims Rijamampianina


An academic, Rasoava Rijamampianina, has argued that Artificial Intelligence (AI) was not poised to displace jobs but rather enhance human intelligence.

Rijamampianina is a Senior Executive Fellow at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

He said the real potency of digital transformation and AI lied within its application by people, not merely in the technology itself.

Rijamampianina noted that businesses relied on human intellect, underscoring the genuine empowerment of individuals.

He viewed AI as a tool that functions as a force multiplier, attributing its efficacy to human intervention.

He said this at the official launch of the Future of AI in Africa Conference in Lusaka, organised by Compu-Connect Education Group.

“AI should be perceived as a complement to human capability rather than a substitute,” Rijamampianina said.

Read more: Africa making impressive strides in adoption of digital technology —Minister Mutati

The Professor noted that the most effective approach to dispelling misconceptions about AI involved meaningful engagement with people.

He regretted that erroneous assumptions and fictional narratives had caused considerable disruption within numerous organizations about AI.

At the same function, Science and Technology Minister, Felix Mutati, said AI was a beneficial technology that brought balance.

Mutati said even though some people had concerns about job losses due to AI, it was important to consider the positive aspects as well.

The Minister claimed that Zambia was generating more revenue through the use of AI, prompting a discussion on whether the development was beneficial.

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