Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a crucial component in the development of technology companies like Globant. According to Guibert Englebienneone of the founders, AI is not only used to improve efficiency in tasks like recruiting and team building, but is also a core part of their core business: software development.
Englebienne gave an interview to The country in which he explained his perspective on the current situation of artificial intelligence, from his position at the head of Globant, which is taking advantage of the potential of AI to code, test, and understand code faster, boosting business productivity and innovation.
Although there has been speculation about the fear that AI could lead to job cuts, Englebienne argues that this fear is based more on the macroeconomic context than on reality.
“With the AI, jobs will change, but each revolution generates important changes. We like the benefits of the Industrial Revolution, and it was not without its changes, but we are very positive about the impact of AI”, he highlighted, adding that in Globant there is no reduction in personnel due to the implementation of artificial intelligence.
The expert acknowledges that AI will change jobs, as other technological revolutions have done in the past, but highlights the potential benefits it can bring in terms of increased productivity and the generation of new ideas.
About ChatGPT and Elon Musk
It is very clear that the launch of ChatGPT has generated a stir in the sector. englebienne compares the growth of AI with the birth of the Internetnoting that the adoption of AI has been even faster thanks to the existing technological infrastructure and widespread access through various devices.
In fact, in just five days, ChatGPT achieved one million users, surpassing the time it took social networks to reach that milestone. This is what the co-founder of Globant believes: “With the infrastructure that we have and conversing in a language that you understand, your mother and grandmother understand, everyone has the same access to be able to use the AI. That greatly speeds up adoption”.
In relation to the calls of some prominent figures, such as Elon Musk, to establish a pause in the development of AI, Englebienne considers that this reflects the resistance to change that has historically accompanied progress.
Certainly, there is a lack of regulatory institutions and the risk of generating inequalities and geopolitical tensions if a selective pause is imposed. But the specialist stresses the importance of addressing the ethical and legal challenges related to AI, such as the protection of intellectual property and the responsible use of data.
“That many players (like Elon Musk) today ask for a breather reminds me of the resistance to change when progress comes. Along the history, the best recipe for progress has been to embrace change. We do not have institutions to regulate AI. When cloning appeared, there were institutions to prohibit it. Our governments know very little about the subject”.
He concluded: “The other challenge is the disparity that we can generate. Italy blocked the use of ChatGPT, putting Italian companies at a disadvantage compared to companies elsewhere that do have access. You are doing yourself harm by regulating it. Suppose we put a pause. Are the Chinese going to put it? There are important geopolitical issues”.
Indeed, neither the Chinese nor anyone else will pause the pace of artificial intelligence. The question is whether we are prepared for it to continue to evolve and gain ground.