AI already started to replace middle management?
Different studies predict that AI will replace a certain kind and number of jobs. This not only limited to blue-collar, but also white. Even middle management-positions are not safe. We already have the robot poss in some positions?
Yes this could happen in the future, now it is too early to me. Workplace increased automation and routine job can be performed by machines. Cognitive and non-routine is still challenging for machines. Here it is with an interesting article about this topic, https://www.cio.com.au/article/632470/middle-manager-ai-may-take-your-job/
For many years, decision support systems and later AI tools have been used for medical diagnosis. AI can be extended to any decision-making environment. Normally, this aims to increase the accuracy and consistency of such decisions. Really, it's just a further step in office automation and frees up the need to make simple decisions and helps us to focus on the more complex decisions.
The practical application of Artificial Intelligence is still in its formative stages, and there have been some successes, but widespread acceptance and use in broad cross cuts of vertical industries is still way off in the future. It is in some ways similar to the advance and progression of the desktop computer as hardware got faster, more powerful, and cheaper, and there was a point that software needed to catch up with its sophistication and harness the power of the CPUs, while Operating Systems got smarter and handled more functions automatically. It took years for computers to become ubiquitous, and there is still an unmeet need that will be fueled by newer faster, more powerful, and economical systems. The software, specifically the AI systems and component applications, need to catch up to the point where everyone will be able to harness the AI for their own purposes, using the cloud or the desktop, the future holds much promise for AI, but no single application or company has emerged to bring it to the masses, not even Microsoft, or Apple, or open source unix.
I do not think that AI will take over managerial roles. People are not machines. People need relationships. Do you think that a robot will create orders or tasks to employees based on the real data with logic and intuition?.... I see something opposite symptoms in some groups - slow living, eco-living, eco-villages, etc. On the other hand I watched a documentary about a Japanese man who married a robot. It is really pity. It looks the humanity stops to be human or people start to have psychic health issues because of that. In businesses 60-70% processes can be automated but not all of them. More over our world is changing, new products, new services and companies have to be flexible. I remember my projects in AI/analytics/reports 8 years ago. We created many dashboards, triggers, analytical rules but after a half a year they were obsolete. You have to update and control what AI presents, how collects data from what sources, etc. I read about the lawyers and their analysts roles will disappear because of AI boosted search engines. I hope that we do not see the "Minority report" world on our eyes. I also noticed that HR adapts AI to their role. My personal experience is horrible - no answers, a network of black wholes, no real job offers. I do not like it at all.
AI is in its infancy; we may see this happen in the future, but AI has not started to replace middle management yet. AI as of right now can only perform basic tasks or make decisions with clear, simple criteria/decision rules and outcomes.
Instead, middle management will become more important given the proliferation of AI. The quality of work performed by and decisions made by AI will require review by humans. Who or what middle managers manage will change, but as a result of AI middle managers will become more important.
On the topic of whether AI will displace middle management, I believe that if you accept that management control is currently structured to manage collections of people and functions, that with the introduction of AI to specific functions performing the workload of one or more employees it might depend upon how many AI uses were managed by a middle manager.
One middle manager will likely manage a small team consisting of subject matter expertise, programmer/system administrator, and possibly multiple SMEs as an effective and productive unit. I think it doubtful that the middle manager fuction of the group which is directed by upper management will be displaced by AI for a long time. Pressed into service to augment decision making used as amiddle manager tool more likely.