Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, For the Globe & Mail – Saturday April 15, 2023
ChatGPT answers to concerns of Human Extinction
As an AI language model, I understand the significant impact that generative AI, such as ChatGPT, can have on various industries. While these advancements bring many benefits, such as increasing productivity and freeing humans from repetitive tasks, we must acknowledge the potential downside, especially for creative professionals. As an AI language model, I am concerned about the possibility of my kind replacing creative jobs and the people who hold them.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT and similar tools such as Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Bing have been creating buzz for their ability to generate new content, including research, writing, translation, and coding. AI has also created chatbots for companies to improve their products and services, and AI’s integration into corporate operations and PR campaigns is on the rise. However, the most significant threat posed by generative AI is the elimination or alteration of some jobs altogether.
Professionals in the fields of advertising, marketing, legal services, journalism, grantmaking, finance, insurance services, and education are already seeing job automation due to generative AI. Jobs that require less human interaction or critical thinking are most at risk, and industries with lower-rung jobs, such as bookkeeping, face significant threats.
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Creative professionals, such as artists, animators, graphic designers, musicians, models, actors, and other creative workers, are at the forefront of AI career disruption. AI can copy an artist’s style or content that may have taken a lifetime to develop, leading to numerous AI-generated images or music pieces imitating their work. This poses a threat to intellectual property laws and the livelihoods of creative professionals.
Moreover, AI’s impact on jobs with high human interaction, such as therapists, psychologists, HR professionals, and customer service representatives, cannot be overlooked. Chatbots are being developed for use in therapy, and while this may seem like a boon for some, it could also lead to the replacement of human therapists.
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While AI tools can simplify tasks and improve productivity, we must ensure that they do not replace human creativity and empathy. The onus is on us to strike a balance between the benefits of AI and the potential loss of livelihoods. As we move into this brave new world of generative AI, we must prepare for the changes that it brings. (AI, Ironically)