SINGAPORE: Workers’ Party MP Jamus Lim (Sengkang GRC) joined a panel at the ASEAN+ Youth Summit 2023 last week, discussing the future of education and employment and underlining that he believes that generative AI should be seen in a positive instead of just a negative light.

Generative AI is artificial intelligence capable of generating text, images, or other media, with ChatGPT as the best example. Over the past couple of years, warnings have been sounded concerning the risks ChatGPT could pose, as it could generate false or harmful content if the person using it acts with malicious intent.

But the MP, an Associate Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School, wrote in a Sept 12 (Tuesday) Facebook post that “Given my conviction that the future of education must successfully harness the power of #ArtificialIntelligence, it was unsurprising that I based my remarks on how generative AI should not be viewed solely as a threat but rather an opportunity for the next generation of workers to augment their human talents with AI tools and techniques.”

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Importantly, I stressed how youths should learn how to be power users of generative AI, find niches where the needs of people and society are yet to be met, and to think of how one can contribute in a uniquely human way (usually by remaining insatiably curious and persistently questioning).”

Assoc Prof Lim noted that the ASEAN+ Youth Summit, a joint effort from the Indonesian Youth Diplomacy and the Indonesian government, aims to increase involvement in diplomacy and international affairs among young people in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.

He added that Puteri Komarudin (People’s Representative Council, Indonesia), Othman Almoamar (Confidential Government, Saudi Arabia), Jang Kyung-Tae (National Assembly, Korea), and Cinta Laura Kiehl (Ministry of Female Empowerment) were the other panellists in the discussion on the future of education and employment.

“Thanks to Anastasya Jesslyn and her team for the invitation, and to all youth delegates who enthusiastically participated in the summit: your (and our) future is in your collective hands, and it’s so refreshing to see you seize this with gusto,” wrote Assoc Prof Lim. /TISG

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