Saint Lucia workers received a warning regarding the threat posed to their employment by Artificial Intelligence (AI) during the launch Thursday of CSA Week.
The launch occurred at the Sans Souci Headquarters of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA).
Union President Cyprian Montrope noted that the future holds more challenges than in the past.
“The multi-national corporations are putting funds every day to make sure that we go back to the dark days,” the CSA President stated.
“It is slowly getting there, because some of the items you are seeing being implemented, though we enjoy it as called upliftment of life, it is also creating a detriment to the workers of the world, and in particular, Saint Lucia. And I speak to matters of Artificial Intelligence,” Montrope explained.
“When those matters come around, a lot of us will be displaced,” he warned.
“I don’t know that we would have the capacity to negotiate with robots. But we would have to prepare ourselves for that time,” Montrope told the CSA Week launch.
Last week, the Barbados-based Caribbean Employment Services Inc. raised similar concerns regarding Artificial Intelligence.
The organisation said it would be prudent for governments, businesses, organisations, and other decision-making bodies to take steps to protect formal jobs.
Artificial intelligence concerns computer-based systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intervention.
According to a BBC, in March, Goldman Sachs published a report showing that AI could replace the equivalent of 300 million full-time jobs.
However, some experts assert that fears of robots taking over human jobs might be exaggerated.
But businesses now already use virtual assistants and AI-powered chatbots to offer 24/7 customer service.
The chatbots use natural language processing to deliver relevant responses to consumer questions.
In addition, tools from Siri and Alexa, as well as Google Home and Cortana, use natural language processing and generators driven by Artificial Intelligence to return answers to questions.