Artificial intelligence taking away jobs a real concern: Shashi Tharoor

Sharing ideas:According to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, skilling the youth would be the key.m. vedhan  

Artificial intelligence is taking away jobs in the field of healthcare and information technology and it is a cause of concern, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said.

“Artificial intelligence is also making inroads into jobs like medical transcription. A World Bank report points out that 69% of Indian jobs would be taken away by robots,” he said, speaking at the third day of Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) conclave in Chennai.

Mr. Tharoor spoke on the theme of youth empowerment and also inaugurated JITO’s first Youth Conclave.

“In the U.S., they are talking about driverless cars. What will happen to 25 million drivers in India?” he asked.

Role of private sector

Mr. Tharoor pointed out that India generates 5 lakh engineers each year and about 80% of them don’t get jobs and end up in jobs that do not require an engineering degree.

He said one of the keys would be focussing on skilling the youth, and it was not only the role of the government, but also the private sector.

Mr. Tharoor also pointed out that youth not having enough job opportunities and feeling left out of the economy was the key reason for Naxalite and Maoists activities in 165 out of 625 districts in India. The Congress MP also said India should focus on youth empowerment and rank highly in that metric rather than in ease of doing business.