Microsoft Starts Firing Employees; Deploys AI Bots To Replace Humans In These Jobs?
Tech giant Microsoft has started firing employees across different roles, and replacing them with Artificial Intelligence bots to execute their work.
This is a massive change in the patter of jobs and employee-relations.
Which jobs are being impacted here?
Microsoft Fires Employees Across Various Divisions
As per reports coming in, Microsoft has decided to fire employees, across various divisions and departments.
It’s not clear how many employees are getting the pink slips, and which teams, projects are getting impacted.
Microsoft spokesperson has said that it’s common for them to reevaluate their business and objectives, as the new financial starts.
Microsoft has 156,439 employees globally, with 92,35 in US alone.
Microsoft Is Replacing Humans With Artificial Intelligence
Meanwhile as per another report, little less than 1000 employees were fired, and their jobs are now being done by Artificial Intelligence bots.
Most of these replacements and firings have been done at MSN, their media arm, and Azure, their Cloud computing arm.
Within MSN, Microsoft has fired several long-time employees who used to curate news, and have replaced their jobs with Artificial Intelligence based bots, who it seems are better in curating news.
However, last month, there was a major uproar when their AI Bots failed to identify two mix-race singers from British band Little Mix, and confused while updating details about them.
MSN’s AI bots used Leigh-Anne Pinnock to illustrate a story about Jade Thirlwall and her personal reflections on racism.
This is the reason that a small human team has been allowed to retain for their MSN Home Page.
Microsoft has already closed down all 83 brick-and-mortar stores, which were anyways closed down since March.
Business slowdown and coronavirus are the main reason for these cost-cutting exercises by Microsoft.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.