Both Denmark and Sweden are currently pursuing national artificial intelligence (AI) strategies. In these countries, millennials are particularly positive about AI complementing and improving their work.
In Germany, as yet, some 75% of professionals don’t use AI and only 18% feel prepared to use this technology in the next year. Of all European chief executive officers (CEOs), CEOs in Germany are the least engaged with the concept of AI and the least enthusiastic about its potential impact.
By contrast, some 84% of professionals in France use or feel prepared to use AI within the next 12 months. Moreover, French professionals share a positive view of job security as a result of introducing and using AI.
Spanish professionals believe that AI will make their work more efficient and of better quality, yet only 17 per cent think that these improvements will translate into improved job opportunities. In the UK, professionals tend to see their organisation and themselves as ‘unprepared’ to adopt AI – and are generally wary of trusting decisions made via AI.
Chief executives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are unique among CEOs in seeing business development as the best potential benefit of AI. Professionals in the UAE are displaying high levels of belief in the value and potential benefits of AI – even though there are also expectations of AI-driven job redundancy.
These are just some of the key results of a recent survey commissioned by Headspring, the executive education specialist – a joint venture of the Financial Times and IE Business School – and carried out in partnership with YouGov. The survey examined how professionals in Europe and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) understand that AI will affect the workplace. The survey represents the views of some 4,515 people, working in a range of industries, in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the UAE.
Commenting on AI, Gustaf Nordbäck, Headspring’s CEO, said, “AI, as formal field of study, may have existed since the 1950s – when, at a workshop held on the Dartmouth College campus in the USA, in 1956, MIT cognitive scientist, Marvin Minsky, claimed that, ‘Within a generation… the problem of creating ‘artificial intelligence’ will substantially be solved’ – but the notion of autonomous machines has been a part of human consciousness since the early Greek civilisation. Mythic automatons, such as Talos, saw humans projecting our living intelligence onto robots and it’s a theme that’s flourished in science fiction writing since the 19th century.”