A study carried out by Microsoft shows that if there is a large-scale adoption of artificial intelligence in the different sectors of the economy it would be possible to have a gain of up to 4 percentage points in GDP by 2030.
In an interview with Compass, Tania Cosentino, president from Microsoft Brazil spoke about Microsoft’s strategic role during the pandemic, about the lack of qualified labor for technology in the country and about the need to seek more inclusion and diversity in the corporate environment. Tânia has been in charge of the Brazilian subsidiary of one of the largest technology companies in the world since January 2019.
According to her, in addition to artificial intelligence, technology can contribute to economic growth in many other ways. “Technology provides answers to important challenges for the economy, society and the planet. There are solutions for companies to be more productive. Today, all companies are technology companies.”
Like 5G, he says, this trend should accelerate. “It transforms society.”
But the changes, on the other hand, bring additional pressure to the market, which needs qualified professionals to meet this growing demand. According to the executive, there are now more than 100,000 vacancies open in the area. “We have equations that don’t close. There is a game of moving the same talents. And we limit the capacity of industries to grow.”
She points out a paradox of this market with the 14 million of unemployed in Brazil. “We know that artificial intelligence will eliminate and transform millions of other jobs. We will have people with low qualifications who will not get higher qualification positions. Because the new jobs created will have new requirements. We need to mobilize the public sector, from the private sector and academia to re-qualify these professionals and not create a social problem,” he says.
Tânia also addresses the need to incorporate more women to the technology market. According to her, training in the area usually attracts a male audience, and women do not reach 20% of that market. “And it’s not just bringing women. It’s necessary to eliminate the wage gap. White women earn 20% less, and black women 40% less.”