Layoffs equal more jobs. Ok.

I intend for the focus of this website to be about the positive side of vigilance in your career, health, and life in general, but it’s hard to avoid being vigilant about the the threats in life.

Which brings me to IBM and their decision to halt their hiring plan in the face of AI:

(Reuters) -International Business Machines Corp expects to pause hiring for roles as roughly 7,800 jobs could be replaced by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the coming years, CEO Arvind Krishna told Bloomberg News on Monday.

Hiring specifically in back-office functions such as human resources will be suspended or slowed, Krishna said, adding that 30% of non-customer-facing roles could be replaced by AI and automations in five years.

I’ve heard a lot of people claim art official intelligence will, in the long run, create jobs. The reason they claim is every previous breakthrough in technology has created new opportunities. Design personality Chris Do is one of these people who see AI as a tool, at least for designers.

On a micro level I agree with him. As I’ve previously noted, I use ai-generated images from Midjourney extensively on this site. On a macro level though, I’m not so sure. There’s a big difference between someone using AI to make images for a blog and a multi-national corporation looking to replace thousands of jobs with AI.

[image generated with Midjourney AI]