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E54: How is AI impacting the evolution of work?

Updated: Apr 12

Ask AI caught up with Jared Lindzon, leading freelance journalist (BBC, Rolling Stone, Fast Company, New York Times, TIME, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail) and top observer of the trends and forces that are shaping job skills, careers, the concept of work itself (including journalism).


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In Episode 54 of the Ask AI podcast we're revisiting the intersection of artificial intelligence and the future of work, a topic we first covered back in September, 2018.

Things have changed a lot since then, and the pace of the spread of AI technology is now revolutionizing industries, reshaping how workers approach tasks, and forcing many of us to rethink exactly what constitutes a "uniquely human skill".


Last year, the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs Report’ shared that 49% of those they surveyed anticipated AI to be a catalyst for job creation, while 23% expected it to drive job displacement.


A similar report from McKinsey predicted that AI may result in 1in 16 having to switch occupations – meaning the workplace will see a great deal of change over the next few years.


Yet, as has been the case with other revolutions in workplace technology, artificial intelligence may also generate opportunities for workers to adapt, upskill, and thrive in entirely new and interesting ways.


But whichever direction this all heads, it's essential for individuals, businesses, and policymakers to anticipate and prepare for the changes that AI will bring.


Tune in to this episode as host Melissa Kargiannakis meets with Jared Lindzon, a freelance journalist (Rolling Stone, New York Times, BBC, Globe & Mail, TIME Magazine, Fast Company) and one of Canada’s leading commentators on the future of work.


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What you'll discover in this episode


  • The challenges journalists face when covering AI, including navigating copyright issues and the authenticity of content.


  • Why AI, despite its advancements, has not replaced the nuanced skills required for professional journalism.


  • How AI is prompting a reconsideration of traditional work models towards greater flexibility.


  • The importance of maintaining ethical standards in journalism to maintain objectivity and balance in the age "alternative news".


  • How AI might reshape job structures and the potential for a more equitable society with fewer working hours and a greater integration of work and life.


About Jared Lindzon


Jared Lindzon is a freelance journalist and public speaker based in Toronto, Canada who covers a wide range of subject areas — including tech, entertainment, and business — but he’s increasingly emerging as one of the country’s leading voices on the "Future of Work.”


Beyond his regular columns in Fast Company, the BBC, the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, and TIME Magazine, Jared’s reporting has been featured in the likes of The New York Times, the Guardian, Fortune Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among others.


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