The rise of AI and chatbots, such as ChatGPT, poses the question: will AI replace most human jobs eventually?
For years, there has been a debate about the 40-hour working week. Living in today’s digital age but not working any fewer hours has led people to ask why technology is not lessening the burden more than it is.
Technology has done much to transform the way we work, from computers to social media and a form of technology to speed up almost any imaginable process. Since its advent, technology has always been there to enhance and improve things but has not necessarily lessened people’s overall workloads. Instead, it has just changed the way we work.
However, the rise of AI recently has posed an even more difficult question. Will AI render many people’s professions unnecessary soon? Many are starting to fear for their jobs after seeing chatbots carry out their work at a fraction of the time it would take a human. This particularly applies to those working in recruitment, copywriting, and marketing.
Predictions show that within 15 years, 50% of jobs will be automated by AI. While this will impact most industries, there are still many roles that will never be replaced by AI, such as in medicine, teaching, and law.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a new form of AI that can generate any content upon your request. All you need to do is input some information about whatever you require, whether that’s an update to your resume, an answer to a particular question, or a summary of a long piece.
What you get out of ChatGPT depends on what you put in, so there is an art to it. However, if you can provide it with ample information, it will give you back high-quality content that would have taken you hours to achieve manually.
Many students and professionals are already using ChatGPT, getting it to generate essays and articles at the click of a button. It is also free to use, making it an extremely accessible and easy-to-use tool. Rather than spending hours pondering over the wording of something, people can now have it constructed instantaneously.
ChatGPT has unsurprisingly been very popular since its launch less than three months ago, so often at capacity and unable to process people’s requests. Some have gotten around this by refreshing several times, but many people are left waiting hours for their content to generate.
With the vast amount of people using it, ChatGPT is continuously growing more intelligent and advanced. Even people aiming to trick and catch it out are feeding the technology and helping it learn from these mistakes, further and further learning to replicate human consciousness.
Is AI going to replace humans?
For now, jobs are not being directly replaced by chatbots such as ChatGPT. There is a growing awareness of AI’s efficiency in driving commercial results, meaning it is likely to be used by more companies as time passes.
The prominent challenge companies face knowing how to utilize this technology. Additionally, AI cannot truly replicate that sense of human touch. This human element is essential for things like branding and tone of voice, but that’s not to say that AI won’t learn to mimic this in the years to come.
Rather than replacing human jobs, AI continues to automate processes. Humans are essential in driving this process by knowing how to use the system and input the correct information. AI depends on data to drive results; without proper input, the output will not be high quality.
In an ideal world, we will harness technology to the extent that it lowers people’s workloads globally and improves work-to-life balance. For now, it remains to be seen how this balance may be achieved.