The recent introduction of publicly available AI tools, such as ChatGPT and DALL-E 2 from OpenAI, will completely transform the knowledge economy and reshape society as we know it. There is no doubt about it: we have hit an inflection point, and there is no going back.
One of the most significant impacts of these tools is the ability to automate certain tasks that previously required human knowledge and expertise. For example, a tool like ChatGPT can be used to generate written content, such as articles or reports, at a much faster rate than a human ever could. These tools will change the nature of work as we currently know it in the following ways:
- Automation of certain job tasks and industries, leading to job loss in some fields but also the creation of new jobs in AI development and maintenance.
- The ability for AI to perform tasks faster and more accurately than humans, leading to increased efficiency and productivity in the workplace.
- The potential for AI to enable remote and flexible work arrangements, as some tasks can be performed remotely and without the need for human presence.
- The use of AI to perform tasks that are dangerous or undesirable for humans, such as working in hazardous environments or performing repetitive tasks.
- The potential for AI to enhance human work, rather than replacing it, by providing assistance with data analysis, decision-making, and other tasks.
Ultimately, the introduction of publicly available AI tools is likely to bring about significant changes to the knowledge economy and society. Rather than fearing these changes and avoiding them, it would be a better strategy to embrace them, and quickly.
Like it or not, the change is coming. Adapt, or die.