Former Google China boss warns of effects of AI

The implementation of artificial intelligence and digital tools will take place sooner than many experts have predicted, according to former Google China President Kai-Fue Lee. He said the rise of AI and digital tools will affect many economies, including the US and the Philippines. AI will obliterate jobs, resulting in an increase in the unemployment rate, Lee added. “AI … will be a replacement for blue collar and white collar jobs,” said Lee, but blue collar jobs will be affected later as it is still very difficult to program robots for jobs that require hand-eye coordination. The USD23bn outsourcing industry in Philippines will be among those affected. The industry is under threat as many process-driven jobs are considered good candidates for replacement by AI.