ChatGPT won’t make you lose your job – here’s why

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You may have heard of a little thing called ChatGPT recently. It’s an excellent new voice bot that not only generates incredibly realistic text for its users, but also draws intelligent responses seemingly on the fly. It’s simply an incredible tool – and one that opens up so many possibilities

However, these possibilities also raised many questions – namely, if this bot is so good, can it actually do my job for me? Currently, there is a lot of debate among writers, authors, researchers, scientists, and practically everyone who works an office job about whether this tool – and AI in general – poses a threat or not.

There is a misconception or notion that automation has taken over all the jobs of workers and now AI is coming for white collar workers. However, I don’t think there is much evidence for this based on how we work today.

The precedent of automation

Almost a hundred years ago, John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that increased automation and technology would make leading to a 15 hour week.

News flash – his hopes for a utopian job have not been fulfilled – at least not yet. Instead, we’ve been working roughly 40-hour weeks for several decades.

In that time, we’ve seen countless innovations and iterations of technology that have made work faster and easier, and yet we still generally work the same number of hours per week.

Why rely on the predictions of long dead economists? Basically, I think there’s a real parallel between automation in Keynes’ time and the rise of AI right now. His predictions didn’t come true, and I don’t think the doom and gloom predictions for AI in the workplace will materialize.

ChatGPT is amazing – and here to stay

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ChatGPT can be used to summarize long texts, make suggestions, or literally write an entire text that covers the points you want.

If you are not familiar with ChatGPT, let’s briefly review its incredible capabilities and how it can potentially disrupt multiple industries.

Technically, ChatGPT is what we call a “grand language model”, although it works like a souped-up chatbot. Like other similar AI generators Dall E or Sometimes, enter a relatively simple or complex question and get an answer generated. In this case, unlike image generators, it relies on billions of lines of text analyzed to find what it thinks is the most likely answer based on its data.

In practice, ChatGPT can be used to summarize long texts, make suggestions, or literally write a whole text that covers the points you want. It is this last feature in particular that has many researchers, editors, and writers pondering the implications of its use.

Simply put, ChatGPT is getting really good at producing readable text – like Yes, indeed Also. In fact, it’s so good that major editorial sites like CNET have been Publish full articles written by AISummaries of scientific work Written by AI, the researchers were fooled (opens in new tab) and man he literally wrote a children’s book in 72 hours with ChatGPT and Midjourney.

Now there are few restrictions on ChatGPT such as: B. repeated text or several factual errors, but based on what he already can, I don’t think it’s strong enough evidence to deny it. The more text is fed into the machine, the more accurate it becomes, so trying to predict what it can or cannot do effectively seems bogus at best.

Instead, it seems almost certain that we are on the verge of ChatGPT becoming ubiquitous in certain industries. Considering how things turned out with the rise of automation, I don’t think there’s much evidence that it’s going to trigger a huge upside down revolution with everyone suddenly out of a job. Instead, it will probably just change the way we work.

ChatGPT and bullshit jobs

When ChatGPT leads to changes, there is a precedent that indicates a shift in the way we work rather than an outright revolution

Reading the excitement around ChatGPT, I am reminded of a few points in anthropologist David Graeber’s 2018 book Bullshit Jobs (opens in new tab). In this work, Graeber looks at the changes in the world of work over the last few decades – in particular how the world of work has changed in the era of postal automation.

We won’t go too far into the arguments here (it’s worth reading the book for that), but the bottom line is that as more and more simple work has become automated, we’ve essentially created different kinds of jobs for ourselves.

Simply put, instead of sitting back and enjoying the fruits of automation with a 3-hour workday, we’ve fallen into different roles – which Graeber called “bullshit”.

Again, this is not the time for an in-depth exploration of whether or not the modern jobs we have are “bullshit”, or whether they have integral value to society, but I think this is an interesting line of thinking that we consider ChatGPT. .

Let’s assume that if ChatGPT leads to changes, there is at least one argument (and possibly a precedent) that points to an upheaval in the way we work rather than an outright revolution. In Graeber’s case, he is referring directly to Keynes’ prediction of a 15-day work week and how logically automation in the 20th century should have meant more chill time for employees, but it’s… well, no.

It may be an exaggeration to compare the advent of AI in the workplace to automation, but it seems to set as good a precedent as any. When you think about it, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be working 15-hour weeks, let alone facing mass layoffs, because of AI.

The future is more mundane than you think

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ChatGPT is likely to allow us to be more productive instead of literally doing everything for us.

Editor of the Guardian compared the advent of ChatGPT and assisted AI with the advent of Excel, and that the bot will soon be as mundane as using spreadsheets for work. Based on this opinion, it is likely that ChatGPT simply allows us to be more productive instead of literally doing everything for us.

Many authors are already using addons like Grammarly (opens in a new tab) in their daily work to find bugs and make suggestions, and I feel that ChatGPT is just another step.

So, yes, ChatGPT is amazing. Yes — you can probably do your job better than you should, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be flipping burgers or collecting welfare checks next year. Instead, it’s probably a tool you use through your browser or word processor, that responds to your input, helps with research, and is usually a souped-up version of Clippy.


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