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From Google to Netflix, global companies most at risk of AI takeover

Lydia Smith
·Writer, Yahoo Finance UK
Microsoft leads the league table of companies for AI roles. Photo: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images
Microsoft leads the league table of companies for AI roles. Photo: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping every aspect of our lives, from choosing what we watch on Netflix, to using tech to make tasks easier and quicker at work.

Organisations in every sector are investing in AI tools and techniques to boost their businesses, including the world’s tech giants, which are spending billions of dollars on developing the AI capabilities of their products and services. Some are also recruiting heavily in AI, with AI-related jobs doubling over the past three years and job postings increasing by 119%, according to RS Components.

So who is recruiting for AI roles the most, leaving workers most at risk of being replaced?

Microsoft leads the way with 1,964 AI job openings, equating to 36% of the total jobs they have on offer, according to the analysis by RS Components.

Computer game company Nvidia, which designs graphic processing units for the gaming and professional markets, follows in second place with 369 AI jobs, equating to 33% of their total jobs on offer.

Often referred to as the Amazon of China, retailer JD.com comes in third place, with 19 AI jobs (20% of the total).

Google comes in fourth place with 837 openings, which makes up 18% of the total. Earlier this year, Kai-Fu Lee, a venture capitalist who used to develop artificial intelligence for both Microsoft and Google, told CBS’ 60 Minutes that AI will displace 40% of the world’s workers within 15 years.

“I believe [AI] is going to change the world more than anything in the history of mankind,” he said, adding AI would allow entire new industries to be built from the ground up with automation in mind.

Although AI will be cheaper than human employees, it will also create new roles, as well as replace current ones.

Intel is in fifth place with 432 (17% of total jobs), followed by software corporation Sap, which has 320 AI jobs (12% of total jobs)

Accenture comes in seventh place with 34 AI jobs (11% of total jobs), followed by Nokia, which has 76 AI jobs, which make up 6% of total jobs.

Popular social media platform Facebook and streaming platform Netflix make it into the top 10, with Facebook offering 191 jobs in AI, 6% of the total, and Netflix offering 35, also making up 6% of the total jobs they have on offer.

Both companies are growing rapidly and are having to set new trends to keep up with technology, so it’s understandable that they are in the top ten companies that are hiring in AI the most.

The largest tech company in the world, Apple, comes in at number 12 with 129 AI jobs on offer, only 3% of their total 4,574 jobs available.

Another innovative company in the technology business is Bezos’ e-commerce platform, Amazon, which comes in 15th place offering 297 roles in AI, 2% of its total 18,781 jobs on offer.