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The coming impact of computers and machines on the workforce is a hot topic. Technology is improving at a rapid pace and companies are finding more efficient ways to accomplish basic tasks. However, technology will soon do more than simply work faster and stronger than a human can. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) means computers are becoming smarter, as well, and will soon be capable of doing even more complex work.


What is artificial intelligence and what does it mean for workers?

Stanford Professor John McCarthy defines artificial intelligence as, “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. It is related to the similar task of using computers to understand human intelligence, but AI does not have to confine itself to methods that are biologically observable.”

Experts predict major impacts from intelligent technology. While companies will greatly increase operational efficiencies, about a third of global workers could be replaced by AI by 2030, according to McKinsey Global Institute.

How will AI impact recruiting?

While there isn’t much credible data on the effect AI will have on recruiters, most reports have human resources professionals being safe from replacement. That being said, recruiting and hiring software already has many features that streamline how recruiters work.

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