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The ŷ Report: How Can AI Benefit Workers?


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At a private ŷ webinar this week, Brookings Institution’s Xavier de Souza Briggs (also a ŷ Board member) and Molly Kinder (read her latest article on ) joined and Stephanie Bell from to expound on the impacts of Gen AI on America’s workers. 

The central question? How companies can think about their human capital as a value creator in the implementation and deployment of generative AI technologies. The discussion highlighted the importance of deliberate implementation strategies and highlighted the potential for empowering workers by incentivizing their engagement with AI in their respective roles. 

We often dwell on the possible negative societal impacts of AI when we contemplate its future – instinctive fear of the unknown perhaps – but there are also some clear and very immediate positive applications. 

The mission of Karya, for example, is bold and simple: they are (who spend billions of dollars to collect training data for their LL models) to bring that digital work to local communities. Their partnerships with Google, Microsoft, The Gates Foundation, and the Government of India will help bring digital employment to 100,000 low-income Indians this year. 

Humanitas.ai, led by Bay Area tech leader Phil Chow, is exploring the application of Gen AI in America to create personalized support for frontline workers and their families in accessing benefits, emergency needs (such as food), and other forms of urgent care. Turnover and unused benefits cost employers hundreds of billions of dollars every year; Humanitas.ai’s concept could help corporations improve efficiency and directly benefit the lives of millions of their workers.  

These are just two examples of how companies could find alignment between driving business value and deploying worker-centric AI. ŷ’s work will help make sure the issue remains a priority.  

Be well,

Martin


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Quote of the Week

“Technology fosters jobs. It fosters opportunity. I think gen AI is the biggest opportunity. It is the iPhone moment for enterprise for sure. In terms of reskilling and retooling people, that will have to happen. Six out of 10 people will need to be retrained for this new economy, but it is a great opportunity. Most of the jobs they’re doing right now are soul crushing.”

  • Bill McDermott, CEO of ServiceNow, discussing how he thinks Gen AI will affect his workforce

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