If An AI Wants My Job. It Can Have It.
The Internet has been abuzz with talk of ChatGPT and all the impressive outputs it can generate. From thoughtfully engaging, or for some, imitating, human conversation to passing law and business school exams, ChatGPT is racking up an impressive resume. In fact, with so much talent and the potential for an immortal career, it’s time to ask if Artificial Intelligence programs will put the human race out of business.
Mad Libs or Mad Science?
Most AI language generators use a follow-on or fill-in style model at today’s capabilities. You type in a line of words or two sensibly, and you can get a response that jibes with what you’re looking for. Frankly, AI is all around us. So much so it can be difficult to separate the human voice from the machine’s human voice. With so much publicized capability, it’s easy to laud such capabilities as engaging in a conversation and sensibly answering dreaded fill-in-the-blank questions that require some thought.
How High is the Hurdle?
But what are we getting? Is AI’s performance truly amazing or only amazing to humans? Are we humans who still love cat videos, fall for practical jokes, giggle at card tricks, and love Dad jokes the ones who should be judging how good or threatening AI might be?
Regular Zoo Hours
The very non-AI minds at MIT paint a rosy picture of the capabilities and limits of emergent AI. From Forbes, citing anMIT paper, “Rather than promoting the obsolescence of human labor, the paper predicts that AI will continue to drive massive innovation that will fuel many existing industries and could have the potential to create many new sectors for growth, ultimately leading to the creation of more jobs.” So instead of fearing the proliferation of artificial intelligence, think of it as an enhancement to human productivity. Imagine all that you do becoming better for half the amount of labor. Pretty sweet.
So when you hear about the next feat ChatGPT or another AI accomplishes, don’t worry. There will still be plenty of things for humans to do, like create works of art, write movie scripts, sing songs, and write music. No, wait, AI has done that too. If you’re wondering if AI wrote this article, you should.