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Who will win the AI talent war?

In 2020, the World Economic Forum published an article with the cheerful headline, ‘Don’t fear AI. It will lead to long-term job growth’ — below it, an image of a reassuringly happy robot. The article has since been buried in many others conveying the impending AI apocalypse of job losses — From Software Engineers to Writers (eek), it appears no one is safe.

Fast-forward to 2023, and WEF's most recent but still-optimistic job report highlights jobs that will emerge from the ashes. Internet of Things experts and AI and Machine Learning Specialists will be in high demand. The latter is set to benefit from the partnership between US-based freelancing platform Upwork (C5KE ETF) and Open AI. The collaboration will bring highly skilled AI talent experienced in working with GPT-4 and AI model integration to the platform. It’s an early case of AI creating more specialist human roles, but will other workers be able to adapt and retrain quickly enough?

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