According to CEO Arvind Krishna, International Business Machines Corp. anticipates pausing job recruiting as some 7,800 positions might be eliminated by artificial intelligence (AI) in the next years.
According to Krishna, hiring in back-office areas like human resources will stop or slow down. He also predicted that in five years, automation and AI might replace 30% of non-customer-facing roles.
His remarks come at a time when AI has captured the attention of people all around the globe with the November 2016 debut of ChatGPT, a popular chatbot developed by OpenAI with funding from Microsoft Corp.
The PC manufacturer informed the magazine that part of the decrease may include not filling positions left vacant by attrition.
A Reuters request for comment did not get a response right away from IBM.