Following General Motors's announcement that their Oshawa plant would be shutting down alongside multiple buildings in the U.S., worries about unemployment have naturally risen as well - but one Toronto firm is hoping to ease the pain with their artificial intelligence (AI)-powered skilling solution.
Calling itself the “Google Maps for the future of work and learning,” FutureFit AI is a machine learning powered platform that combines labour market data, its own algorithm, and education/training programs, claiming it can create opportunities for workers to find new job paths.
“Our view at FutureFit AI is that, while some of the major trends in the job market in terms of automation have already happened and will continue to happen, we want to be proactive and work with businesses, governments, unions and individuals to plan ahead,” Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO and founder of FutureFit told ITBusiness.ca. “It’s about upskilling and reskilling workers using the power of AI.”
FutureFit thinks it has the solution to that growing worry around automation taking human jobs and ironically it wants to use machine learning to do it.
Take the case of the soon-to-be-laid-off GM plant workers for example. Enterprises, like the Detriot-based car manufacturer, would be able to include the FutureFit AI platform into an employee’s transition package, allocating a certain budget to that person which they could then put towards taking new courses, helping them learn new skills for a future job or career path.
GM presents a great, if not timely, example as it is shutting down certain plants and turning its focus to electric and autonomous vehicles. Workers with a different skill set will be needed or workers will have to be retrained.
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