With the rapid advancement of technology, a new era is dawning for the workforce. Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play a central role in this transformation. In a recent interview with Alan Murray, CEO of Fortune, Alexander Sukharevsky, […]
With the rapid advancement of technology, a new era is dawning for the workforce. Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play a central role in this transformation. In a recent interview with Alan Murray, CEO of Fortune, Alexander Sukharevsky, a senior partner and global leader at QuantumBlack, a company specializing in AI, emphasized that generative AI is far more than just a passing trend.
Sukharevsky stated, “We’ve often misunderstood the impact of new technologies, such as the dotcom boom and cryptocurrencies. However, I truly believe that we are now witnessing a true platform shift for the first time in the last 15 years. This shift occurs when the production costs decrease by a factor of a thousand.”
The Imminent Changes and the Devil in the Details
While acknowledging the significant impact generative AI will have on the way we work, Sukharevsky also highlights the importance of understanding the future of work in detail, rather than making sweeping generalizations. He states, “Similar to how the internet revolutionized distribution, generative AI is revolutionizing creativity. This means that the marginal production costs of films, slides, legal recommendations are approaching zero at a much faster rate.” Sukharevsky added, “Up to 70% of business tasks today can be automated,” and he predicts that “within 20 years, 50% of them will be automated.”
Sharing his expertise as a co-author of a 17-page article titled “What Every CEO Should Know About Generative Artificial Intelligence” for McKinsey, Sukharevsky stresses the importance for leaders to analyze each role individually to truly understand the impact of AI. He believes that instead of fearing job loss, leaders should focus on how AI can enhance existing jobs.
When asked about the elimination of jobs and the impact on the workforce, Sukharevsky confidently states, “There’s no debate about the fact that jobs will be lost. However, I believe that it will improve what we already have rather than replace it completely.”
QuantumBlack, a global company employing 5,000 individuals across 50 countries, is at the forefront of generative AI development. Their goal is to harness the power of hybrid intelligence, where AI collaborates with humans rather than replacing them entirely.
Technology experts and market observers, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, have all expressed the idea that the AI revolution could significantly shorten or even erase the traditional workweek.
However, Sukharevsky proposes a different perspective. Rather than replacing countless workers, he suggests that generative AI will eliminate mundane and administrative tasks, allowing workers to focus on developing their unique talents. He explains, “We are at the dawn of an era of creativity, as creativity is often based on inspiration and exploration. By using generative AI, we can accelerate research and unlock the potential of every individual while eliminating routine tasks that we perform today. So, if you ask me, I believe it is a positive development that bridges the gap and empowers each of us to be creative and control our own destiny.”