Navigating Unemployment in the Age of AI DRH


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World Telecommunications and Digital Society Day took place on Friday, the 17th of May, and in 2024 the discourse surrounding unemployment in the era of artificial intelligence (AI) assumes heightened relevance.


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In this context, Dr. Hendrik Botha, the Head of Institution at Boston City Campus, offers insights into Boston's multifaceted approach towards addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by AI.

In an age where AI permeates various facets of our lives, the imperative to unlock human potential emerges as paramount. Dr. Botha emphasizes Boston's proactive stance in providing practical experience through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) modules.

This initiative ensures that all students graduate not only with academic proficiency but also with exposure to the workplace, thereby enhancing their employability and equipping them with practical skills essential for success in the
digital age.

Moreover, Boston remains committed to bridging the digital barrier to entry for some students by providing internet access and facilities at 47 support centres nationwide, thus democratising access to information and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in the digital economy.

By fostering an inclusive environment conducive to learning and innovation, Boston endeavours to create opportunities for all, irrespective of socio-economic barriers.

In confronting AI's dual identity as both a threat and an opportunity, Boston adopts a proactive approach towards upskilling students to meet the demands of emerging job openings. Through close collaborations with industry stakeholders, facilitated by Graduate Support Services, Boston remains attuned to evolving industry requirements, thereby ensuring that students remain abreast of the latest technological advancements and industry trends.

At the heart of Boston's mission lies the commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent by providing the necessary practical and academic skills essential for success in an increasingly competitive global landscape. With international recognition, Boston's graduates are poised to seize opportunities both within and outside of South Africa, thereby contributing to the nation's economic growth and prosperity.

Central to Boston's ethos is the recognition of AI's potential to disrupt traditional job markets and usher in technological unemployment. However, rather than succumbing to apprehension, Boston remains steadfast in its resolve to prepare students for the realities of the digital age.

Through rigorous academic programmes complemented by practical training initiatives such as WIL, Boston ensures that students are not only equipped to coexist alongside technology but also to thrive in symbiosis with it.

Dr. Hendrik Botha encapsulates Boston's unwavering commitment to empowerment in the age of AI:

By unlocking human potential, bridging the digital divide, and fostering a culture of lifelong learning, Boston stands poised to shape a future where every individual has the opportunity to realise their fullest potential.

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