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The company Onclusive wants to replace 50% of its workforce in France with AI

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TECHNOLOGY – Replace more than 200 jobs with artificial intelligence. This is not a new episode of the dystopian series. black mirror but rather the future plan of the French subsidiary of the company Onclusive, a specialist in media monitoring and public relations. Its offices located in Courbevoie will shed 217 jobs by June 2024, the newspaper revealed. Release and the radio French culture.

This social plan affects more than half of the company’s staff, which has 383 employees. Three entire services will close their doors within a year and be replaced by artificial intelligence. This will then be in charge of scanning the news and sending press reviews to the company’s clients, in particular banks, CAC 40 companies, but also certain ministries.

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The Company Onclusive Wants To Replace 50% Of Its Workforce In France With Ai

“Today it is us, but tomorrow? »

The company’s CEO, Rob Stone, announced the news via email to his employees. He explains that this plan should allow “ be more agile and more competitive » adopting “ new technologies and tools that will improve efficiency and precision.” He also justifies this choice by explaining that employees will have more interesting careers since they will be able to “focus on tasks with greater added value.”

This is one of the first large-scale social plans in France to replace humans with AI. The news worries the company’s employees, many of whom believe their jobs cannot be done as well by robots as by humans. “Today it is us, but tomorrow? Teachers, journalists, translators? “, asks one of them, interviewed by The Parisian.

The delegate minister in charge of Digital, Jean-Noël Barrot, estimated that“We must prepare for this type of upheaval,” In an interview granted to BFMTV this Monday. “This technology (AI) will create jobs, but there is a transition phase that must be supported”, he added. To this end, the government is creating the “national strategic committee for AI.” In the case of Onclusive, negotiations between management and the unions began this Monday and are expected to last three months.

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