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S’pore Is Going To Lose Work Opportunities Due To AI Taking Over, Study Indicates

Malaysia is also under risk.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making remarkable strides across the globe. While many celebrate these advancements, there is growing concern about AI’s potential to disrupt the job market.
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Recently the AI Preparedness Index (AIPI), which is a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found that Singapore is at the highest risk in Asia for job losses due to AI’s rapid integration, highlighting the urgent need for strategies to address this impending challenge.

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Can AI actually take over our jobs?

The AI Preparedness Index (AIPI) checks how well 174 countries are set up for AI by looking at their regulation ,digital infrastructure, human capital and labor policies.

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The AIPI divides countries into five tiers based on their scores:

  • 0.8 or higher: Top-tier countries with excellent readiness for AI.
  • 0.6 to 0.8: High readiness with strong foundations in key areas.
  • 0.4 to 0.6: Moderate readiness, with room for improvement in some areas.
  • 0.2 to 0.4: Low readiness, facing significant challenges in multiple factors.
  • Under 0.2: Very low readiness, with major obstacles to AI adoption.

Singapore tops the list in Asia with a score of 0.8, putting it in the highest tier. Japan and South Korea come next, both scoring 0.73.

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Hong Kong is in third place with a score of 0.7. Taiwan and China share fourth place with scores of 0.67 and 0.64. Malaysia is close behind with a score of 0.63.

Here’s some of the industries that is using AI significantly

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is profoundly transforming a multitude of industries by enhancing efficiency, productivity, and innovation. In healthcare, AI improves diagnostics and patient care with advanced tools that analyze medical images, assist in drug discovery, and personalize treatment plans.

The finance sector also benefits from AI through fraud detection, risk management, and algorithmic trading, while retail businesses leverage AI for inventory management, demand forecasting, and personalized marketing to enhance the shopping experience and customer service.

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Education is also undergoing a transformation with AI-powered personalized learning, automated grading, and administrative automation, improving both teaching and learning experiences.

AI is taking over slowly but surely

AI’s impact extends further into customer service, agriculture, and real estate. AI-driven chatbots and virtual assistants enhance customer interactions, while sentiment analysis tools help businesses address customer feedback proactively. In agriculture, AI supports precision farming with drones and sensors, predicting pest outbreaks and optimizing crop yields.

The real estate industry benefits from AI through smart building technologies, market analysis, and improved property management. As AI technology continues to evolve, its influence will expand, creating new opportunities and transforming industries in unprecedented ways.

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Singapore might have less job opportunities

According to the study, while AI promises to revolutionize industries and boost economic growth, it also brings significant risks like job loss and widening inequality.

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AI’s rapid advancement could automate tasks traditionally done by humans, leading to major shifts in the job market.


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