McKinsey research warns that A.I. could automate 30% of STEM workers’ hours by 2030.

McKinsey research warns that A.I. could automate 30% of STEM workers' hours by 2030.

The Rise of Generative A.I. and its Impact on the Workforce


In a recent report released by the McKinsey Global Institute, the potential of generative artificial intelligence (A.I.) to revolutionize various industries has been highlighted. This cutting-edge technology has the ability to write code, design products, create marketing content and strategies, streamline operations, analyze documents, provide customer service, and even accelerate scientific discovery. As a result, it is estimated that by 2030, generative A.I. could automate tasks accounting for 29.5% of work hours in the U.S. economy, up from the previous estimation of 21.5% without A.I.

The most significant impact of generative A.I. can be seen in STEM professions, where the potential for automation jumps from 14% to a staggering 30% of work hours by 2030. Education and training work, creative and arts management, as well as business and legal automation, also experience significant increases in automation potential. However, it is important to note that the study does not conclude that generative A.I. will lead to a decrease in jobs. Rather, it suggests that job roles and the mix of activities involved will undergo a dramatic transformation. Approximately 12 million workers may need to find new occupations by 2030, emphasizing the need to start preparing now by strengthening training programs both within and across companies.


In other news, Fortune recently released its inaugural Fortune China 500 list, offering an intriguing snapshot of the world’s second-largest economy. The list features companies such as State Grid, the government-owned electric utility with revenues of $530 billion, occupying the top spot. While some companies on the list already rank high on the Fortune Global 500, others, like Inner Mongolia Mengdian Huaneng Thermal Power with revenues of $3.4 billion, may be less familiar. This comprehensive compilation showcases the diverse landscape of China’s business sector.

Top News Highlights

Alphabet’s Strategic Leadership Transition

Longtime Alphabet CFO, Ruth Porat, will be transitioning to a new role as chief investment officer, overseeing Alphabet’s “other bets,” including Waymo and Nest. This move comes after the tech giant reported $74.6 billion in quarterly revenue, surpassing expectations. Despite an advertising slowdown affecting competitors like Snap and Meta, Alphabet’s search business remained resilient. The company’s shares rose by 6% in after-hours trading, signaling investor confidence in this strategic leadership transition.

Banc of California and PacWest Merger

In a bid to navigate challenges faced during the regional banking crisis, Banc of California and PacWest Bancorp have announced a merger. This integration will result in a new bank boasting $36 billion in assets and will be led by Banc of California CEO, Jared Wolff. PacWest had experienced deposit flight earlier this year due to customer concerns generated by the banking crisis, leading to a decline in its shares by over 70% since March. The merger aims to strengthen both banks and restore trust among customers.

NatWest’s CEO Resignation Amid Account Closure Controversy

The CEO of British bank NatWest, Alison Rose, has announced her resignation following the bank’s decision to close the account of right-wing politician Nigel Farage. The closure was precipitated by staff members deeming Farage’s anti-immigration views contradictory to NatWest’s position on inclusivity. As the U.K. government remains NatWest’s largest shareholder, it plans to examine a bank’s authority to close accounts without prior warning. This development raises questions about the intersection between politics and banking, prompting a larger conversation about freedom of speech and corporate responsibility.

Around the Watercooler

Amidst the flurry of news, several noteworthy articles have caught the attention of readers:

  • Jeremy Kahn’s examination of Meta’s A.I. pledge to the White House reveals that there may be more to this commitment than meets the eye.
  • Christiaan Hetzner sheds light on Elon Musk’s newest venture, X brand, and the legal complexities surrounding the trademark.
  • Lance Lambert explores how the Federal Reserve successfully froze U.S. home prices for one year, causing a temporary housing market deep freeze.
  • Orianna Rosa Royle delves into the creation of a “dead zone” between 4-6 p.m., where workers carve out time for COVID-era habits, such as school runs and gym sessions.
  • Will Daniel highlights Wall Street’s biggest bull, who attributes his successful inflation call not only to his faith in corporate America but also to his accurate predictions.
  • Lila MacLellan investigates the decline in investor support for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) shareholder proposals this proxy season, despite an increase in their overall numbers.

In conclusion, the rise of generative A.I. holds the potential to revolutionize various industries, leading to a shift in job roles and tasks. While the impact on the workforce may be significant, it presents an opportunity for individuals and companies to adapt and embrace new ways of working. The release of the Fortune China 500 list provides valuable insights into the diverse business landscape of the world’s second-largest economy. Furthermore, the top news highlights, including Alphabet’s leadership transition, the Banc of California and PacWest merger, and NatWest’s CEO resignation, depict important developments impacting the corporate world. Finally, around the watercooler, various articles offer thought-provoking insights into technology, finance, and societal trends. Stay informed and engaged with the latest news and trends shaping our world.

This edition of CEO Daily was curated by Nicholas Gordon.