Italy allocates millions to help its employees who may be replaced by Ai

The Italian government plans to invest $33 million in training individuals whose jobs might be eliminated by automation and AI to improve their proficiency with digital technologies.

After Italian legislators pledged aid for individuals in danger of job loss due to automation, the country’s ongoing back-and-forth with the advent of AI continued.

On May 15th, the Italian government allocated $30 million ($33 million) to the Fondo per la Repubblica Digitale (FRD) to help individuals who are out of work or whose careers are threatened by automation and artificial intelligence.

The Italian government established the FRD in 2021 with the goal of improving digital literacy and “developing the country’s digital transition.”

Two-thirds of the budget will be used to assist the jobless acquire the digital skills necessary to join the workforce, while $10 million will be allocated to support individuals currently in danger of being replaced by AI in the workplace.

Professional sectors identified by the FRD as being in high danger of being replaced by AI include “transport and logistics, office and administrative support, production, services, and the sales sector.”

Following Italy’s lead, other governments have begun temporarily banning the use of the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT.

Before removing the prohibition, Italian regulators insisted that OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, provide additional information and follow to stringent standards. After almost a month of being banned, the application was finally allowed back into the nation on April 29 after complying with such conditions.

The month-long sanctions were enough to have European and international policymakers thinking about artificial intelligence. The GDPR compliance of ChatGPT was then investigated by German authorities.

Members of the European Union’s parliament are now debating a proposed Artificial Intelligence Act that would represent one of the first attempts at regulating this developing field.

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