'Conquer AI anxiety'

Why continuous skill development is the key to adding value in the AI era

03 Feb 2024 11:01am
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THE world, much like a river, is in a constant state of flux and transformation.

The formula is simple: those who do not adapt to change will be left behind.

Embracing positive values while adapting to change is a challenge in today's world, especially with the rise of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).

However, negative voices suggest AI will replace humans in the workforce, leading some to close themselves off from learning new skills and view technological advancements with suspicion.

Where does the mistake lie? Is it with humans or technology?

The government's initiative to launch the AI For the People programme aims to dispel negative mentalities and enhance public understanding of this new technology.

According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the country faced a similar situation in the 1980s when promoting the use of computers.

Exposure segmented by societal needs successfully overcame public concerns about technological progress.

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Claims that the AI wave will pose a job security risk, with a projected 40 per cent impact globally in the next two years, need not be met with fear.

While the rest of the world is racing to master AI, it is not too late for Malaysia to educate the people about the importance of adapting to this rapidly advancing digital era.

A positive mindset is crucial for personal, family, community, and national advancement.

Only with a progressive mindset can the community warmly embrace government-sponsored programmes such as AI For the People and enjoy the explosion of technological progress.

Understanding and accepting AI as a tool to advance life can help us overcome fears and uncertainties.

Our society needs to be aware of the importance of innovation and always be willing to learn.

Starting with the individual, acquiring new life skills should be seen as a necessity to add value to oneself, enabling us to compete in an increasingly sophisticated world.

In reality, technology is just a tool; we, as humans, need to look ahead at how to leverage progress rather than giving up before taking any action!