Chatgpt and AI: A Threat to Jobs?

The other day I had a most dreadful experience: the day after making a mistake at work, I was called into a meeting with the bosses. I thought I was in trouble. Instead, the opposite happened. They wanted me to try something that might help me to do my job better. 

While feeling relieved that I wasn’t getting a notice to pack up my things, I was surprised at their request. They wanted me to try out ChatGPT because we also used our own AI and they were curious whether ChatGPT would help me do my job faster. So I tried it out, and here are my conclusions.

Creativity Isn’t AI’s Strongest Skill

Fortunately, my bosses couldn’t hear me working. I did as they requested and asked ChatGPT to do the task that one of my bosses had requested. I asked the AI to generate a workplace conversation. 

The result was so generic and so far from creative that I thought it was funny. If my bosses could hear me, they would have thought I was watching entertaining cat videos on company time.

I asked the AI to improve the conversation and gave it a more industry specific example. It effortlessly created yet another workplace conversation, but again, it sounded like the average of many conversations put together, and not a real conversation that an actual worker would have at work.

I came to my first conclusion: creativity isn’t this AI’s strongest skill set. It had yet to create the level of writing that I do on the job.

AI Cannot Replace Jobs that Require Special Skills

After asking ChatGPT to complete a few more writing tasks, I breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that my job is still secure. 

One of my job tasks is to write skills assessment questions. These questions test a person’s soft skills and their suitability for jobs in specific industries. AI is not yet at the stage where it can write materials for industry-specific tests designed to test a specific soft skill. For example, it cannot design a series of skill testing questions about a customer opening an account at the bank.  

AI such as ChatGPT can answer a question that you ask it and then refine its answer again and again, but it could not achieve the final goal on the first try. It needs lots of hints and refinements.  

Key Takeaways

AI can help with the initial research and generation of ideas. However, it still has a long way to go before it can think like a human. It cannot create test questions and answers unless they already exist in the public domain. 

As such, those who have specialized skills, such as creating tests for industry-specific clients, won’t be replaced by test-generating AI anytime soon.

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21 thoughts on “Chatgpt and AI: A Threat to Jobs?

  1. Really interesting post. Personally, I don’t think it’s a threat to jobs right now but has the potential. Not a big deal right now but I think it’s a good idea to maybe have some sort of limit and to just keep an eye on AI or rather human reliance on it.

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    1. This is such a tough situation. Many worry that their jobs will be replaced by AI. Yet we as a species are fascinated tech that makes our life easier, such as roombas to clean floors and Alexa to act like a virtual assistant. For businesses, AI can cut costs and accomplish tasks faster. The question is, do we want to slow down the progress of AI by slowing down how we do things? Do we want to go back to picking up the phone to call for pizza instead of asking a device to order the pizza for us? To slow the progress of AI, we also need to reexamine how we use tech as well.

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      1. You’re right and yes it’s a very complicated situation. I personally do think we do need to reexamine how we use tech even at the moment. I don’t think progress is worth so many losing their jobs in the long run. I’m not anti-AI at all and know it can be beneficial. But we also need to think about the very real people that would be effected by it if we don’t put any kind of limit on the use of AI. I wouldn’t say we should slow down the process but rather make sure people are still protected.

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      2. Very true. I’ve heard of people who have already lost jobs due to AI. There are also people who are gaining jobs because of AI and the progress of AI. If we stop AI or slow it down, that would also result in people losing jobs. Very complicated situation indeed.

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