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At the World Economic Forum in Davos, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty argued that AI and automation will render some professions obsolete, but, in the long run, create jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports.

She made these comments as part of a panel discussing the role AI will play in various spaces moving into the future.

As more jobs and tasks are automated, especially in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, AI will become more crucial to industrial operations, creating a larger need for programmers and developers, which is what Rometty seems to be suggesting.

Rometty appears to be arguing that AI and automation won't be the job killers many fear them to be. While many individuals in attendance at Davos are concerned that these factors could produce a long-term backlash, Rometty seems to disagree. She elaborated that it's the relationship between AI solutions, such as Watson, and human workers that will create new jobs in the long run, and that platforms like Watson can only succeed in adding to what people are able to do, rather than taking over for them entirely.

While Rometty sees reasons to be optimistic in the long term, the growing role of AI and automation is poised to disrupt much of the economy. Workflow automation leads companies to seek out IoT solutions; 52% of IoT users highlighted it as a driver that led their companies to the IoT, according to exclusive results from BI Intelligence’s 2016 Global IoT Executive Survey. According to that same survey, however, only 16% of those companies currently automate their IoT devices. This disruption to result from automation is just beginning, and will fundamentally reshape workplaces and operations across the globe.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world. Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years — and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.

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