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The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 26

Half (49%) of all users expect genAI to lead to higher salaries – an expectation that’s even higher (76%) among employees who use the technology daily. More than 70% of users agree that genAI tools will create opportunities to be more creative at work (73%) and improve the quality of their work (72%), according to consultancy PwC’s Global Workforce survey.

Journalists are pushed into exile in record numbers, US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says. “In a striking development, exiled or soon-to-be exiled journalists now make up more than half of the people CPJ assists. 

There is a need to prevent that we get a “digital afterlife industry” using AI to offer fake conversations with lost ones, researchers at Cambridge university say in a report. “AI that allows users to hold text and voice conversations with lost loved ones runs the risk of causing psychological harm and even digitally ‘haunting’ those left behind without design safety standards.”. 

Employees who use AI as a core part of their jobs feel lonelier, drink more, and suffer from insomnia more than employees who don’t. These are conclusions from four studies that two researchers present in Harvard Business Review. “To keep pace with competitors and reap the efficiency gains associated with deploying AI, many organisations have lost sight of their most important asset: the humans whose jobs are being fragmented into tasks that are increasingly becoming automated.”


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