In what areas will artificial intelligence replace us at work?

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During this year’s 21st EAWOP Congress, organized by the Polish Association of Organizational Psychology in Katowice on May 24-27, I had the opportunity to conduct, on behalf of the Interdisciplinary Center for Personnel Development (Silesian University in Katowice), two interviews with psychology professors on the impact of artificial intelligence on the labor market and on human work in general.

The guest of the first interview was Prof. Richard Griffith of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management of Florida Institute of Technology. His academic work includes research on leadership and cross-cultural work. His body of work includes publications on cross-cultural management issues, cross-cultural teams, and organizational psychology.

I spoke with Prof. Richard Griffith during the interview on the following topics:

  • What has happened in the last two years that has changed our lives, our work and the way we think about ourselves and the world we live in?
  • What does the researcher think is the contribution of work and organizational psychology to the reality around us?
  • How will artificial intelligence affect human-robot collaboration?
  • To what extent can a manager’s job be replaced by artificial intelligence?
  • How will we develop new competencies? Can we prepare for a future in which artificial intelligence plays a big role?
  • What will it look like to collaborate with other specialists, such as engineering, IT, AI, economics, medicine, human resources?
  • Why so far, despite such rapid development of technology, is it not possible to buy a double of a manager of some well-known company?
  • What would have to happen for us to allow an “artificial” manager to manage a team at, say, a university or a factory?
  • What can we, the work and organizational psychology community, offer the world to help lead and manage change?
  • Which problems are really serious and we need to address them urgently? The problems of pandemics, migration, wars, refugees, sustainable development, climate and social change, violence against women and children and economic crises, artificial intelligence?
  • Would Prof. Richard Griffith want his manager to be a robot?
  • What would be the outcome of a competition between two companies, one managed by a human and the other by an artificial intelligence?

See the interview on the channel of the Interdisciplinary Center for Human Resources Development (University of Silesia in Katowice):