the international monetary fund has warned that nearly 40% of jobs worldwide could be affected by the rise of artificial intelligence, with high-income economies facing greater risks than emerging markets and low-income countries. imf chief kristalina georgieva encouraged policymakers to tackle this “troubling trend” and take proactive steps “to prevent the technology from further stoking social tensions.” ms georgieva said “many of these countries don’t have the infrastructure or skilled workforces to harness the benefits of ai, raising the risk that over time the technology could worsen inequality among nations”. in other instances, ai will have the ability to perform key tasks that are currently executed by humans. this could lower demand for labour, affecting wages and even eradicating jobs. more generally, higher-income and younger workers may see a disproportionate increase in their wages after adopting ai.